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Reports from Police and Specialist Reporting Agencies (R010057)

Freedom of Information: Reports from Police and Specialist Reporting Agencies (R010057)

Thank you for your request dated 3 April 2015 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the undernoted information:

1.
(a) In each of the last two years, how many reports of crimes were sent to the COPFS by Police Scotland?
(b) Of those reports sent by Police Scotland in 1(a), how many did not lead to court proceedings?
(c) Of those reports sent by Police Scotland in 1(a), how many were dropped by COPFS through lack of evidence?
(d) Of those reports sent by Police Scotland in 1(a), how many led to a conviction?


(a) In each of the last two years, how many reports of crimes involving a domestic aggravation were sent to the COPFS by Police Scotland?
(b) Of those reports sent by Police Scotland in 2(a), how many did not lead to court proceedings?
(c) Of those reports sent by Police Scotland in 2(a), how many were dropped by COPFS through lack of evidence?
(d) Of those reports sent by Police Scotland in 2(a), how many led to a conviction?

I can advise that complete data is not as yet available for the financial year 2014/15 and accordingly, I have responded to your request using data for the financial years 2012/13 and 2013/14.

Please be aware that in addition to reports received from the Police Service of Scotland, COPFS receive reports containing allegations of criminal behaviour from other specialist reporting agencies and accordingly the figures provided to you in this FOI response may differ from statistics previously published on the COPFS website.

The COPFS IT system can count the number of standard prosecution reports received from the Police Service of Scotland and all other reporting agencies in Scotland but it is important to note that thereafter the IT system counts charges and that there can be a number of charges within any one report and they can relate to the same individual or multiple individuals.

I appreciate that this can be confusing and if it would help then someone from COPFS would be happy to meet with you to ensure that you understand the figures provided.

In respect of part 1(a) of your request, I can advise that in the financial year 2012/13, 247,820 reports were received by COPFS from the Police Service of Scotland and in the financial year 2013/14, 265,653 reports were received by COPFS from the Police Service of Scotland.

In respect of parts 1(b) and (c) of your request, I can advise that in the financial year 2012/13, of the  247,820 reports received 95,236 of these reports did not lead to court proceedings.  This figure comprises reports which were marked for no action and reports which were marked for a range of non-court disposals.  

Of the reports which were marked no action, insufficient admissible evidence accounted for 12,948 of those. 

In the financial year 2013/14, of the 265,653 reports received 89,656 of these reports did not lead to court proceedings.  This figure comprises reports which were marked for no action and reports which were marked for a range of non-court disposals.  Of the reports which were marked no action, insufficient admissible evidence accounted for 10,734 of those.

It should be noted that in respect of part 1 of your request, the reports received may relate to one or more accused and may contain one or more charges.

In respect of part 2(a) of your request, I can advise that in the financial year 2012/13, 20,181 reports containing an allegation of a crime involving a domestic aggravation were received by COPFS from the Police Service of Scotland.  In the financial year 2013/14, 24,587 reports containing an allegation of a crime involving a domestic aggravation were received by COPFS from the Police Service of Scotland.  I should advise you that these figures relate to the number of reports received and you should be aware that these reports may relate to one or more accused and contain one or more charges involving a domestic aggravation.

In order to provide the information you have requested at parts 2(b) and 2(c) of your request, I can advise that I have considered all the charges within the reports referred to at part 2(a) of your request which contain a domestic aggravation.  You should be aware that a number of those charges may be contained in the same report and may relate to the same accused.


Those reports may also contain charges which do not involve a domestic aggravation

In the financial year 2012/13, within the 20,181 reports received, there were  5,887 charges which contained a domestic aggravation which did not lead to court proceedings.  This figure comprises charges which were marked no action and charges which were marked for a range of other non-court disposals.  Of the charges which were marked no action, 2,808 charges were marked no action due to insufficient evidence.

 In the financial year 2013/14, within the 24,587 reports received, there were 4,622 charges which contained a domestic aggravation which did not lead to court proceedings.  This figure comprises charges which were marked no action and charges which were marked for a range of other non-court disposals.  Of the charges which were marked no action 2,873 charges were marked no action due to insufficient evidence.

In respect of parts 1(d) and 2(d) of your request, I can advise 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 criminal cases, and the information within it is structured accordingly.  We hold only operational data needed for business purposes, ie to prepare court documentation; to send and receive electronic information regarding court appearances and results; to cite witnesses; to deal with issues relating to disclosure of information to the defence etc.

Statistical information about prosecutions can be extracted more easily from the Scottish Government Justice Department's Court Proceedings Database which is designed to provide statistical information.  It contains information about cases prosecuted in all Courts and can provide information either at the level of the specific offence or by certain broader groupings of offences (eg crimes of violence, crimes of dishonesty, offences involving drugs etc).  You can contact the Scottish Government Justice Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0131 244 2228.