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Criminal Justice and Licensing Scotland Act 2010 (15 July 2016) (R013476)

Thank you for your request dated 20 June 2016 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA). 

 

 

Following receipt from COPFS of information in respect of guilty verdicts relating to charges of “Offensive Behaviour at Football”, you requested comparable data on the proportion of guilty pleas for comparable charges, eg, Breach of the Peace, Assault and Section 38 charges (Section 38 of the Criminal Justice and Licensing Scotland Act 2010).  You also referred to charges of threatening behaviour, however, this falls under the ambit of Section 38 charges.

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 criminal cases, and the information within it is structured accordingly.  We do not have a separate database, and hold only operational data needed for business purposes.

The figures you previously received from COPFS for charges of “Offensive Behaviour at Football” related to charges reported in 2015-16 and reflected convictions that had been obtained by early May 2016.  The figures below also relate to charges in cases reported in 2015-16.  They reflect the position as at 26 June 2016, the date the information was extracted.  Both sets of figures therefore exclude a significant number of charges where cases are still ongoing.

Approximately 91% of convictions in respect of assault were obtained by a guilty plea.

Approximately 95% of convictions in respect of both breach of the peace charges and contraventions of Section 38 of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 were obtained by a guilty plea.