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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 22 Fiscal fixed penalties by main crime/offence and age and sex, 2019-20[1]

Main crime or offence Males Females  
Under 21 21-30 31-40 Over 40 Total
Male
Under 21 21-30 31-40 Over 40 Total
Female
Overall total[1]
Total number of Fiscal fixed penalties 294    1,436    1,607    2,590    5,929    70    499    526    927    2,022    7,951   
 Serious driving offences [2] 23    51    31    100    205    9    21    18    43    91    296   
 Speeding offences 86    674    871    1,415    3,047    32    258    293    552    1,135    4,182   
 Signal and direction offences 24    122    127    262    535    4    58    41    103    206    741   
 Lighting, construction & use offences 33    94    92    166    385    5    26    16    22    69    454   
 Documentation offences 99    391    353    493    1,336    16    117    134    183    450    1,786   
 Other motor vehicle offences[3] 29    104    133    154    421    4    19    24    24    71    492   
 Non-motor vehicle offences[4] -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -    -   
Percent by Fiscal fixed penalty type 100  100  100  100  100  100  100  100  100  100  100  
 Serious driving offences [2] 8   4   2   4   3   13   4   3   5   5   4   
 Speeding offences 29   47   54   55   51   46   52   56   60   56   53   
 Signal and direction offences 8   8   8   10   9   6   12   8   11   10   9  
 Lighting, construction & use offences 11   7   6   6   6   7   5   3   2   3   6  
 Documentation offences 34   27   22   19   23   23   23   25   20   22   22  
 Other motor vehicle offences[3] 10   7   8   6   7   6   4   5   3   4   6  
 Non-motor vehicle offences[4] -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   

1. Excludes a small number of records where age and / or sex are unknown.
2. In some circumstances fiscal fixed penalties can be issued for contraventions of Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (driving without due care and attention).
3. Contains a number of other offences, however around a half of fixed penalties given for this group were for mobile phone offences and half were seatbelt offences.
4. Contains bicycle offences and roadworks offences.


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