Criminal proceedings in Scotland: 2020-2021

Statistics on criminal proceedings concluded in Scottish courts and alternative measures to prosecution issued by the police and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service are presented for the ten years from 2011-12 to 2020-21. The latest year’s data is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Annex F: User engagement

F.1 These statistics are used by a large number of stakeholders within central government and other public bodies for a variety of purposes.

F.2. We will continue to consult with the users of the National Statistics in order to get a better understanding of who the users are and what their requirements are for both the data and the presentation of these statistics.

F.3. One area in particular we are aiming to improve is the inclusion of ethnicity data in the bulletin. The is the case with a number of key datasets across the justice system and a Cross Justice Working Group on Data and Evidence on Race has been set up to address this. As part of this group we are working with stakeholders to address the gaps in data and analysis on ethnicity within the justice system.

F.4. We always welcome feedback on the content and the uses made of our statistical bulletins and users are invited to submit their comments and any suggestions for improvement to: Or please consider answering our short survey on how you found this publication.



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