1.1 This bulletin presents statistics on criminal proceedings concluded in Scottish courts during 2006/07 as well as information on motor vehicle offences and statistics on bail orders and offences. Additional detailed tables will be published as background statistics on the Scottish Government Crime and Justice Statistics webpages.
1.2 The main data source is the Scottish Police Services Authority ( SPSA) Criminal History System. The figures given in this bulletin reflect the details of court proceedings as made available to and recorded at SPSA, and as provided to the Scottish Government as at October 2007. Any subsequent updates on court disposals made will be incorporated into future bulletins and therefore some figures for 2006/07 (in particular those relating to the High Court) are likely to be subject to minor revisions. Detailed notes on the statistics used in the bulletin are given in the Annexes. Figures are generally quoted to the nearest 100 in the text but are given precisely in the tables.
Chart 1: Number of persons with a charge proved in Scottish Courts by main penalty, 1997/98 to 2006/07