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Criminal Proceedings in Scotland, 2019-20

Published: 18 May 2021

A total of 85,726 people were proceeded against in Scottish criminal courts in 2019-20, a fall of 4% from 89,725 proceedings in 2018-19 The number of convictions was 75,251 in 2019-20, which is also a fall of 4% from 78,488 in 2018-19. This continues the general downward trend of the last ten years,

Criminal Proceedings in Scotland, 2019-20
Table 9(b) Percentage of people convicted receiving custodial sentences by main crime/offence, 2010-11 to 2019-20

Table 9(b) Percentage of people convicted receiving custodial sentences by main crime/offence, 2010-11 to 2019-20

Main crime or offence 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
All crimes and offences 13 15 15 13 13 14 14 14 16 15
All crimes 26 27 27 27 26 25 26 26 29 27
 Non-sexual crimes of violence 53 60 60 61 59 58 57 52 58 52
  Homicide etc  83 83 82 88 69 73 73 70 73 83
  Attempted murder and serious assault  53 62 56 60 58 57 55 49 56 51
  Robbery  72 78 78 76 79 78 74 70 77 74
  Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act - - - - - - - - - 19
  Other non-sexual crimes of violence 27 21 23 24 25 17 22 21 23 24
 Sexual crimes 25 26 32 33 30 32 37 36 39 35
  Rape and attempted rape  94 94 92 92 93 90 94 96 99 98
  Sexual assault  46 45 48 46 38 43 54 40 43 41
  Crimes associated with prostitution  1 2 - 3 - 1 - 2 - 4
  Other sexual crimes  25 23 26 28 22 23 25 27 27 23
 Crimes of dishonesty 30 31 32 32 33 32 31 32 35 31
  Housebreaking  53 54 54 55 58 62 62 64 66 61
  Theft by opening lockfast places  38 40 45 42 37 37 49 52 46 38
  Theft from a motor vehicle 41 45 42 39 51 40 45 46 48 36
  Theft of a motor vehicle 27 29 31 26 27 31 34 31 36 29
  Shoplifting 27 28 28 29 31 29 26 26 31 26
  Other theft 28 28 30 30 31 29 30 33 36 32
  Fraud 23 24 29 23 22 30 26 28 28 26
  Other dishonesty 31 33 32 33 30 34 31 32 33 30
 Fire-raising, vandalism, etc. 13 15 15 15 14 16 16 19 19 19
  Fire-raising  35 41 47 38 35 43 43 45 60 57
  Vandalism etc.  12 13 13 14 13 15 15 17 16 16
 Other crimes 21 22 22 21 20 19 19 20 22 20
  Crimes against public justice  20 21 21 21 21 20 19 20 21 18
  Handling offensive weapons  31 36 38 38 37 34 34 34 38 35
  Drugs  19 19 17 16 14 14 16 16 17 17
  Other crime  26 32 35 35 26 26 36 35 37 46
All offences 6 7 7 6 7 7 7 8 8 8
 Miscellaneous offences 13 15 15 14 14 13 13 14 16 15
  Common assault  16 17 17 16 16 16 15 17 19 19
  Breach of the peace etc.  13 14 14 14 13 12 12 13 13 13
  Drunkenness and other disorderly conduct * 2 1 1 * 2 3 2 - -
  Other miscellaneous, including urinating 7 11 11 11 11 11 12 13 13 15
 Motor vehicle offences 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2
  Dangerous and careless driving  3 4 3 2 3 4 4 5 5 5
  Driving under the influence  2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2
  Speeding  - - - - - - - - - *
  Unlawful use of motor vehicle  3 4 3 2 2 3 3 4 3 3
  Vehicle defect offences  - - - - - - - - - -
  Other motor vehicle offences[1]  * * * * * * * * * *

1. Includes seat belt and mobile phone offences.


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