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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,

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Criminal Proceedings in Scotland, 2019-20
Table 1 Summary of known action in the Scottish Criminal Justice System, 2010-11 to 2019-20

Table 1 Summary of known action in the Scottish Criminal Justice System, 2010-11 to 2019-20

                  Thousands
  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
Crimes and offences recorded by the police                    
   Crimes 323   314   273   270   256   246   239   245   246   247  
   Offences[1]       501   379   339   289   264   248   251  
Crimes and offences cleared up by the police                    
   Crimes 157   155   140   139   129   127   119   121   126   127  
   Offences[1]       472   351   308   254   222   206   207  
Police disposals                    
   Anti-social behaviour fixed penalty notices 54   54   55   56   43   29   15   11   9   7  
   Formal adult warnings 8   8   8   7   5   3   *   *   *   *  
   Recorded Police Warnings -   -   -   -   -   4   20   17   22   22  
   Early & Effective Interventions and Restorative Justice Warnings 2   4   5   5   6   7   6   6   5   5  
Children's Panel referrals                    
  Offence referrals to Reporter to Children's Panel[2] 16   12   8   7   7   7   7   9   8   7  
Procurator Fiscal action                     
   Total criminal reports received (COPFS cases) 266   276   281   294   244   226   196   178   171   170  
      Fiscal fines (CHS people)[3,4] 36   42   48   47   36   34   22   23   18   18  
      Fiscal fines (COPFS cases)[4,5] 33   41   46   47   35   33   21   22   18   18  
      Fiscal fixed penalties (CHS people)[3] 20   21   22   23   15   11   8   7   7   8  
      Fiscal fixed penalties (COPFS cases)[5] 20   21   22   24   15   11   8   6   7   8  
      Compensation orders (CHS people)[3] 2   1   1   1   1   1   1   1   1   1  
      Compensation orders (COPFS cases)[5] 2   1   1   1   1   *   1   1   1   1  
      Combined fiscal fines/compensation orders (CHS people)[3,4] 2   3   2   2   2   3   2   2   3   4  
      Combined fiscal fines/compensation orders (COPFS cases)[4,5] 2   3   2   2   2   3   2   2   3   4  
      Fiscal warnings (COPFS cases)[4,5] 13   12   13   8   8   13   8   9   6   5  
      No action (COPFS cases)[4,5] 29   32   35   28   27   26   21   21   18   16  
      Other non-court disposals6 (COPFS cases) 8   8   10   13   13   10   11   10   11   12  
People proceeded against in court 131   125   117   122   123   117   107   96   90   86  

1. Since 2013-14, not all offence categories in recorded crime statistics are comparable with previous years data. Please see Annex 2 of the Recorded Crime in Scotland publication for further information.
2. A referral may relate to more than one offence. Figures exclude cases jointly referred to the Children's Reporter and the Procurator Fiscal. These types of cases are included in the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal (COPFS) action totals.
3. Number of people with main penalty as recorded on the Police Scotland's Criminal History System (CHS).
4. Figures relate to cases which were closed as offer paid/accepted/deemed accepted.
5. Number of cases of highest disposal as recorded on COPFS information system.
6. Includes cases diverted from prosecution by COPFS, e.g. to the Children's Reporter, cases transferred within COPFS and cases rolled up with other ongoing cases.Table 2(a) People proceeded against in court by main crime/offence and outcome of court proceedings, 2019-201


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