Coronavirus (COVID-19): Justice Analytical Services data report - July 2020

Second release of a monthly data report on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the justice system in Scotland, including information from Police Scotland, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, courts and prisons.

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This pack provides information on the impact of COVID-19 on the Justice system during July 2020.
Data has been gathered from a number of different sources and may be subject to future revision.

Public compliance

This pack includes information on COVID-19 related interventions undertaken by Police Scotland. In addition to this, information on the public’s compliance with measures to help restrict the spread of COVID-19 is collected from surveys of the population. Findings from these surveys can be found in the Public Attitudes to Coronavirus: June and early July report.
Overall, self-reported compliance was high and had remained stable through July.

Police activity

  • Recorded crime was 8% lower over April to July compared to last year.
  • The number of incidents remain below 2019 levels.
  • Domestic abuse incidents were 9% higher in July 2020 compared to last year.
  • Coronavirus interventions were down by almost nine tenths (88%) between June and July.

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), Courts & Prisons

  • Subjects given a First Substantive Marking by COPFS are returning to 19-20 levels.
  • Average numbers of criminal registrations in all types of court are lower than 19-20 averages.
  • There were 22,500 fewer disposals from courts over April to July compared to last year.
  • Initiations and disposals in the civil court remain below 19-20 levels.
  • Prison populations have decreased as court business has abated.
  • The number on remand continues to grow.



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