This bulletin includes all crimes of Murder and Culpable homicide (common law), with these two crimes collectively referred to as homicide throughout the bulletin. The associated tables referenced throughout this bulletin can be downloaded from Homicide in Scotland statistics - gov.scot (www.gov.scot).
A glossary in the annex provides a full list of key variables used throughout this bulletin and what they mean.
The statistics on homicides are used alongside a range of other information to inform the Scottish Government’s Vision for Justice in Scotland. These statistics are also used by a wide range of stakeholders to monitor trends, for policy research and development, and for research purposes. The Homicide in Scotland statistical bulletin forms part of a series of bulletins produced by the Scottish Government on the criminal justice system, which can be found at: Crime and justice statistics - gov.scot (www.gov.scot).
This bulletin excludes crimes of corporate homicide. The Scottish Government also publishes Recorded Crime in Scotland, which includes data on the category of ‘Murder and Culpable Homicide’ which includes these crimes. The 2022-23 edition can be accessed at: Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2022-23 - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)
The data in this bulletin are collected separately from the data included in the Recorded Crime in Scotland bulletin. For the crimes of murder and culpable homicide, data are extracted from police recording systems at a different time point and so there may be discrepancies in the information presented here and the Recorded Crime in Scotland bulletin. In this bulletin homicide cases are included against the year in which the crime that led to the homicide is first recorded by the police. This is not necessarily the year in which the victim dies (and hence is recorded as a homicide), the year in which the accused is brought to trial for the crime, or the year in which the case is finally disposed of by the courts.
A data and methodology statement is available at the end of this document. This provides further information on the production of these statistics, the quality assurance undertaken and our approach to revisions.
An Accredited Official Statistics Publication for Scotland
These statistics are accredited official statistics. The Office for Statistics Regulation has independently reviewed and accredited these statistics as complying with the standards of trustworthiness, quality, and value in the Code of Practice for Statistics.
These statistics were accredited in June 2011 Statistics on Homicide, Domestic Abuse, Firearm Offences and Firearm Certificates Recorded by the Police in Scotland – Office for Statistics Regulation (statisticsauthority.gov.uk)
Accredited official statistics are called National Statistics in the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007.
Scottish Government statistics are regulated by the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR/). OSR/ sets the standards of trustworthiness, quality and value in the Code of Practice for Statistics that all producers of official statistics should adhere to.
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