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Offensive Behaviour at Football (15 July 2016) (R013442)

Thank you for your letter dated 14 June in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):


    ….I’ve received an enquiry …………..regarding the latest statistics on section 1 of the Offensive Behaviour at Football legislation and wondered whether you could offer some advice. …………notes that in 2015-16 there were 287 charges brought under section 1. They have asked if it would be possible to obtain: 

1.   the number of those cases which proceeded to court and which have now concluded; and

2.    of those which have concluded, the plea entered and the verdict handed down

I have made enquires as to whether it would be possible to obtain this information from our operational database. 

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, I have completed my search for the information you have requested and I can advise of the following:

We have completed a search of our case management database in relation to the relevant charges, in the specified section 1, over the time scale of your request and this has produced the results stated below:-

The following table provides the number of cases which proceeded to court and which have now concluded;

 



Numbers



S1 Charge Reported 2015-2016  

287





214

Initial Decision to take Court Proceedings



86

Cases Concluded

 

The following table sets out those cases which have concluded, the plea entered and the verdict handed down.

 



Numbers

Plea

Verdict

73 Convictions









65

Pled guilty





8

Pled not guilty

Found guilty

11 Non Convictions









1

Pled not guilty

Found not guilty



6

Pled not guilty

Plea of not guilty accepted



4

Pled not guilty

No case to answer

2 No Further Action









1

Pled not guilty

No further action



1

No plea taken

No further action