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Convictions – Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 and Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2005 - R009676

Convictions – Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 and Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2005 - R009676

Thank you for your e-mail of 13 February 2015 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) in which you seek an update to your previous request for information to include the year 2013-14. 


On 31 March 2014 you were issued with national data about charges under s.52(1) and s.52A of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 and s.1 of the Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2005 for the period 2010/11 to 2012/13.

 

We have now completed our search for the updated information you request, and a copy is provided at Annex A below. As you will note, figures relating to the years 2010/11 to 2012/13 have also been refreshed to reflect the updated position.

As explained previously, due to the way data is structured on our system, where we are asked to provide statistical information, we provide this by number of charges rather than number of reports. More than one charge may relate to the same individual.

As per your original request, the table only provides information about charges which have resulted in a conviction. Again, for completeness it should be noted that some other charges in which court proceedings were taken resulted in an acquittal verdict; prosecutions in a number of charges remain ongoing; prosecutions were discontinued in some other charges; and a number of other charges were ‘not separately prosecuted.’ This is where no action was taken under the charge reported, but action was taken under an alternative charge or in relation to other charges reported by the police in the case, for example, because the prosecutor took the view that an alternative charge was more appropriate or because details of the charge were included within the body of another charge for evidential reasons.

Please allow me to stress once again that COPFS takes the prosecution of sexual offences and offences against children extremely seriously, and we have a robust prosecution policy in relation to these types of offences. However, as the majority of sexual offences taken place in private, corroborating what actually took place can be difficult, and accordingly there will not always be sufficient evidence in law for the raising of criminal proceedings.

Annex A

Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982

 
Court Proceedings - Convictions

Section

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

Total

Section 52(1)

96

178

261

253

788

Section 52(a)

103

119

149

150

521

Total

199

297

410

403

1,309


Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2005



Court Proceedings - Convictions

Section

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

Total

Section 1

21

8

3

11

43

Total

21

8

3

11

43