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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,

Table 16 Undertakings to appear in court, by sex and age, 2010-11 - 2019-20[1,2]

Year Sex Age  
Male Female Not known Under 21 21-30 31-40 Over 40 Not known Total
  Number                
2010-11 21,384 5,912 1 6,297 9,468 5,629 5,903 - 27,297
2011-12 20,244 5,953 4 5,484 8,978 5,712 6,027 - 26,201
2012-13 17,328 5,489 1 4,244 7,824 5,086 5,664 - 22,818
2013-14 16,642 5,465 3 3,992 7,203 5,095 5,820 - 22,110
2014-15 12,738 4,015 4 2,812 5,356 3,918 4,671 - 16,757
2015-16 11,769 3,870 2 2,542 4,829 3,686 4,584 - 15,641
2016-17 10,765 3,677 - 2,226 4,415 3,467 4,334 - 14,442
2017-18 13,405 4,235 4 2,453 5,508 4,558 5,125 - 17,644
2018-19 12,031 3,610 5 2,157 4,683 4,069 4,737 - 15,646
2019-20 8,961 2,637 1 1,648 3,327 2,998 3,626 - 11,599
  Percentage of total              
2010-11 78 22 23 35 21 22 - 100
2011-12 77 23 21 34 22 23 - 100
2012-13 76 24 19 34 22 25 - 100
2013-14 75 25 18 33 23 26 - 100
2014-15 76 24 17 32 23 28 - 100
2015-16 75 25 16 31 24 29 - 100
2016-17 75 25 - 15 31 24 30 - 100
2017-18 76 24 14 31 26 29 - 100
2018-19 77 23 14 30 26 30 - 100
2019-20 77 23 14 29 26 31 - 100

1. Sex and date of birth were added to the main collection of bail data from 2009-10.
2. Excludes modifications to existing bail orders. People counted once only where more than one bail order on the same day.


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