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Witness tampering or intimidation (R012205)

Witness tampering or intimidation (R012205)

Thank you for your e-mail of 26 January 2016 in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):


“Please provide the following information for every year since 2008:

- The total number of criminal prosecutions undertaken by the COPFS

- The number of criminal proceedings relocated due to fears of witness tampering or intimidation

- The number of prosecutions abandoned due to due to fears of witness tampering or intimidation.”

COPFS uses a live operational case management system, specifically designed to receive criminal and death reports from the police and other specialist reporting agencies and to manage the cases for investigation and prosecution purposes.  The information held on the system is structured for these operational needs, rather than for statistical reporting or research purposes. 

In answer to the first section of your request relating to the total number of criminal prosecutions undertaken by COPFS every year since 2008, the following data extracted from our electronic system is based on the number of accused persons where an initial decision was taken to raise criminal proceedings in court from the start of financial year 2008/09 to the end of financial year 2014/15. 

 

2008/9

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

150,409

147,504

134,662

131,425

121,559

138,950

126,356


You should be aware that in some instances criminal proceedings will be discontinued at a later date or the decision to prosecute reviewed and changed to a non court or no further action disposal.  The data provided will not reflect the court disposal statistics which are accessible on our web-site using the following link. Please note that these are based on cases rather than individual accused:

Statistics on Case Processing for the Last 5 Years

 

In relation to the other aspects of your request, while we do endeavour to provide information whenever possible the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service does not routinely collate information relating to witness tampering or intimidation  and  I  can  therefore  confirm  in  terms  of Section 17 of FOISA that we do not hold the information that you have requested.