This report presents the findings from the Summary Justice Reform: Undertakings Evaluation. The research formed part of a wider package of work to evaluate Summary Justice Reform (SJR) in Scotland as a whole. The aim of the research was to evaluate how far the reforms to undertakings had met both the specific policy objectives as well as the overarching aims and objectives of SJR.


The researchers would like to thank all those who have contributed to producing this research report.

In particular, we would like to thank the Scottish Government Social Research staff and the Research Advisory Group members for their expert advice in the design and development of research tools that were used, access to data and reviewing earlier drafts of the report.

We would extend particular thanks to the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) and representatives from the participating police forces for assisting in the recruitment of research participants and access to data, as well as to the individual staff from these and other organisations who participated as interviewees.

We also thank the Scottish Court Service (SCS), for access to data and individual members of the Judiciary who took part in qualitative work.

A number of Defence Agents also took time to give us their views and we appreciate the time taken to inform the work against competing demands.

Finally, we would like to thank the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) for providing access to Procurators Fiscal and thank the individual Fiscals who agreed to take part.

Thank you.


Email: Carole Wilson

Back to top