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Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Act 2007 - offences in Dundee

21 February 2013

Freedom of Information Request: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Act 2007 - offences in Dundee

Thank you for your request 23 January 2013 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), in which you requested the following:

"1) How many men in Dundee have been charged with soliciting the services of a prostitute in the last year (or the last period of 12 months for which figures are available)?

2) How many of these men were prosecuted in court and which court (sheriff or JP)?

3) What were the disposals in these cases (ie prison, probation, fines)?

4) How many of these cases were dealt with by means other than court (ie fiscal fines)?

5) How many of these cases were dropped, in the manner of the case that I asked you about here?"

It may help 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.

The information you have requested in questions 1, 2 and 3 is shown in the table annexed. The table shows details of the offences reported to COPFS during 2011-12 and what action was taken in respect of these charges. No charges were dealt with by means of any direct measures (eg Fiscal Fines). Proceedings were discontinued in respect of 2 charges.

It may help 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.

The information you have requested in questions 1, 2 and 3 is shown in the table annexed. The table shows details of the offences reported to COPFS during 2011-12 and what action was taken in respect of these charges. No charges were dealt with by means of any direct measures (eg Fiscal Fines). Proceedings were discontinued in respect of 2 charges.

Charges reported in 2011-12

How was accused dealt with

Decision re charge

Verdict

Outcome

Section

Grand Total

S: 1(3)

S: 1(1)

Sheriff Summary

Court

Convicted

Admonition

1

-

1

No Further Action

1

-

1

Justice of the Peace

Court

Convicted

Admonition

1

-

1

Fine

5

5

10

No Further Action

1

-

1

5. No Action

-

2

2

Grand Total

9

7

16