Freedom of Information: Bail Aggravations (R008340)
Thank you for your e-mail of 11 August 2014 in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):
"I would like to request details of all bail aggravations that have been recorded for 2012-13 and 2013-14.
Please provide in a format similar to the example already published on the COPFS website (for example: http://www.copfs.gov.uk/images/Documents/Freedom_of_Information/Bail%20Aggravations%20response%20only%202011-12.pdf)"
We have completed our search for the information you have requested.
Firstly, it may assist if I explain that Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (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.
Bail aggravations are recorded in individual charges and each accused may have more than one charge recorded in our database. The tables annexed show the total number for each coded crime/offence reported to COPFS during financial years 2012/13 and 2013/14 and they also identify male/female accused. It is important to note that the statistics do not tell us the charges for which the individuals were on bail, nor do they identify whether the original bail was granted after Crown opposition or by the High Court of Justiciary on appeal.