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Extreme Pornography (13/06/2016) (R013128)

Extreme Pornography (R013128)

Thank you for your e-mail of 17 May 2016 in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):

“1.  The number of prosecutions pursued under s.51A of the Civic Government (Scotland) act 1982 as inserted by s.42 of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 for possession of an extreme pornographic image from 26th November 2014 until the current date.

2.  The number of convictions from 26th November 2014 to date resulting from the above prosecutions and the number of prosecutions still ongoing.”

Firstly, I can explain that the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service’s case management database is a live, operating database.  It is designed to meet our business needs in relation to the processing of cases and the information within it is structured accordingly.  We do not have a separate statistical database, and hold only operational data needed for business purposes. Where we do provide information the data provided refers to the number of charges and not the number of persons or cases reported; one of more charge(s) may relate to the same accused person.  Having explained this, the following table contains the data you have requested during the period 26 November 2014 to 19 May 2016 which was when the data was extracted from our database. 


Charges prosecuted under Section 51A of Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 for the period 26 November 2014 to 19 May 2016

Court Outcome

Number of Charges



Not Convicted




No Further Action