Statistical Bulletin Crime and Justice Series: Criminal Proceedings in Scottish Courts, 2006/07

Criminal Proceedings in Scottish Courts 2006-07



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Enquiries on should be addressed to:

Howard Hooper
Scottish Government Justice Anm
Court Affairs, Prisons and Offenders Team
Area 1WR
St Andrew's House

Telephone: (0131) 244 2227; Fax: (0131) 244 2109

General enquiries on Scottish Government statistics can be addressed to:

Ryan Stewart
Office of the Chief Statistician
Scottish Government
3 Floor West Rear,
St Andrews House

Telephone: (0131) 244 0442; Fax: (0131) 244 2223

Advice on specific areas of Scottish Government statistical work can be obtained from staff at the telephone numbers given below:

Scottish Government Statistics contacts

Agricultural census and labour force

(0131) 244 6150


(0141) 242 5446

Community Care

(0131) 244 3777

Courts and law

(0131) 244 2227


(0131) 244 0445


(0131) 244 0324


(0131) 244 6441

Further and Higher Education

(0141) 242 0273


(0131) 244 3432


(0131) 244 7236

Income, Tax and Benefits

(0131) 244 2583

Labour market

(0141) 242 5446

Local government finance

(0131) 244 7033


(0131) 244 0439


(0131) 244 2147

Recorded crime

(0131) 244 2635

Schools - pupils and teachers

(0131) 244 1689

Schools - qualifications

(0131) 244 0315

Scottish Government personnel

(0131) 244 3926

Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics

(0131) 244 0442

The Economy

(0131) 244 2234


(0131) 244 7255

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(0131) 314 6337

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- Vital statistics and publications
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(0131) 314 4243
(0131) 314 4254

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(0131) 313 6575

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978 0 7559 6890 9

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978 0 7559 6917 3

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ISSN 0264 1178
ISBN 978 0 7559 7130 5

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