In January 2022 there were 5,027 disposals (excluding secondary disposals and the 'other' disposal category) from Scotland's courts. This is 69% of the 19-20 monthly average of 7,276 and lower than December 2021 (5,449 disposals).
Between April 2020 and January 2022 there were 56,949 (36%) fewer disposals from courts than would have been expected based on 19-20 average figures. Over this time period, there have been 33% fewer custodial sentences and 38% fewer community disposals imposed by the courts than might have been expected.
|To: 31 January 2022||Monthly average 2019-20||January 2022||Change %||Estimated* April 2020 – January 2022||Actual April 2020 – January 2022||Change %|
|Community Disposal (CPO & DTTO)||1,383||1,017||-26%||30,426||18,811||-38%|
|Restriction of Liberty Order||296||229||-23%||6,512||5,543||-15%|
* based on 19-20 monthly average disposals
Disposals from court at any point in time are related both to the volume of business coming into courts and the length of time it takes that business to proceed through the court system. Therefore, changes in crime levels or the ability of courts to function in the usual way may have associated impacts on disposals.
Further Information: Latest SCTS published official statistics
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