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Cases relating to Terrorism

Thank you for your e-mail of 31 January 2014 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) in which you seek the following information:

“A list of all terrorism or terrorism related cases prosecuted in Scotland from 2000 to present”

It may assist to explain that COPFS uses a live operational case management system, specifically designed to receive criminal and death reports from the police and other specialist reporting agencies and to manage the cases for prosecution purposes.  The information held on the system is structured for these operational needs, rather than for statistical reporting or research purposes.

For the purposes of this request I have taken it that the information you request relates to charges prosecuted under the Terrorism Act 2000, the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 and the Terrorism Act 2006.

The COPFS electronic case management system holds information in this connection from 1 April 2002. I have therefore provided you with the information you have requested between that date and 31 January 2014. This information is attached at Annex A.

In accordance with the COPFS Records Management Policy, the hard copy case files for all cases reported to COPFS before 1 April 2002 will have been destroyed, apart from those that were prosecuted in the High Court. I have attached a link below to the COPFS Records Management Policy. http://www.copfs.gov.uk/publications/foi-data-protection

To enable us to identify any High Court cases that contained a charge within the terms of your request we would have to conduct a manual search of all High Court cases reported to COPFS between 1 January 2000 and 1 April 2002. Section 1(1) of FOISA does not oblige a Scottish public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with the request exceeds a specified financial threshold, which is currently £600.  We estimate that due to the volume of cases, checking all such cases to comply with this request would exceed the £600 threshold.

ANNEX A

Court Proceedings: Terrorism related charges

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Summary Court Proceedings

15

17

25

83

72

Solemn Court Proceedings

33

31

7

13

27

 

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

48

39

18

12

5

14

4

1

 0

2

15

12

11

18