Criminal Proceedings in Scotland, 2021-22

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 10 years from 2012-13 to 2021-22. The latest two years of data were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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7. People convicted by offence group

There were 29,686 “offence” convictions in 2021-22, an increase of 59% since 2020-21 (18,715 convictions). As a proportion of all offences, Threatening and abusive behaviour made up 31%, while Speeding and Unlawful use of a vehicle together accounted for 33%.

Antisocial offences

In 2021-22, 96% of Antisocial offences convictions were for Threatening and abusive behaviour. Convictions for Antisocial offences as a whole increased 33% between 2020-21 and 2021-22, up from 7,136 to 9,487. This was reflected in Threatening and abusive behaviour which also rose 33%, from 6,893 convictions in 2020-21 to 9,136 in 2021-22.

Miscellaneous offences

In 2021-22 Miscellaneous offences convictions increased 51%, from 785 in 2020-21 to 1,185 in 2021-22. Within this the two largest increases by volume were for Other miscellaneous offences (up 115% from 122 to 262 convictions) and Community and public order offences (up 34% from 406 to 545 convictions).

Road traffic offences

Road traffic offences convictions increased by 76% from 10,794 convictions in 2020-21 to 19,014 in 2021-22. With the exception of Seat belt offences (down 17% from 35 to 29 convictions), all types of Road traffic offences convictions increased between 2020-21 and 2021-2. The largest increases by volume were for:

  • Speeding, up 103% from 2,202 to 4,465 convictions.
  • Dangerous and careless driving, up 82% from 1,851 to 3,368 convictions.
  • Unlawful use of vehicle, up 64% from 3,309 to 5,416 convictions.
  • Driving under the influence, up 62% from 2,188 to 3,555 convictions.



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