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Case Processing Statistics (R008938)

Freedom of Information: Case Processing Statistics (R008938)

Provision of case processing statistics from April – October 2014



Statistics on Case Processing: 2014-15

Apr-Oct









Reports Received (1)





Criminal Reports

149,623



Death Reports

5,110



Total Reports Received

154,733









Non-Court Disposals





No Action

15,742



Warning Letters

3,771



Conditional Offers of Fixed Penalties Paid

9,686



Fiscal Fines Paid/Accepted

21,789



Compensation Orders Accepted

336



Combined Fiscal Fines/Compensation Orders Accepted

1,224



Other Non-Court disposals

8,384



Total Non-Court Disposals

60,932









No Further Action (2)





Total No Further Action

19,801









Court Disposals





JP Court:





Pleas (3)

20,512



Trials (4)

1,148



Total JP Court Disposals

21,660

     


Sheriff Summary (5):





Pleas (3)

28,268



Trials (4)

3,696



Total Sheriff Summary Disposals

31,964

     


Sheriff and Jury:





Pleas (3)

2,339



Trials (4)

783



Total Sheriff and Jury Disposals

3,122

     


High Court:





Pleas (3)

117



Trials (4)

217



Total High Court Disposals

334



Total Court Disposals

57,080









Total Disposals (6)

137,813



Information Notes:-

(1) COPFS receives reports about crimes from the police and other reporting agencies and then decides what action to take, including whether to prosecute someone.  We also look into deaths that need further explanation and investigate allegations of criminal conduct against police officers.

(2) No Further Action = Cases which were closed after proceedings had been commenced or attempted (e.g. cases which were closed because the accused died, the accused could not be traced, a key witness was not available, etc.)

(3) Pleas = Cases which were disposed of at court without any evidence being led.

(4) Trials = Cases where some or all of the evidence was led.

(5) Sheriff Summary cases include cases dealt with in the Stipendiary Magistrate's Court in Glasgow.

(6) Total disposals will not equal total criminal cases received as some cases against the same accused will be linked and taken forward as one case. There is also a time lag between receipt of a case and final disposal so that, for example, some cases received in 2013-2014 will not have resulted in a disposal until 2014-2015.