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WITNESS CITATIONS

16 July 2013

Freedom of Information Request: Witness Citations

Thank you for your e-mail dated 18 June. You made a request for the number of witnesses 'called' by the Crown annually for the last five years.


Your request has been treated as a freedom of information request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

I have treated you request as on seeking details of the numbers of witnesses notified by the Crown that they may be required to attend at court to give evidence. The technical description of that process is that the witness is 'cited to attend court'.

That does not mean that all witnesses cited are then actually required to attend at court as every effort is made to 'countermand' a witness

(advise the witness not to attend court) if their evidence can be agreed by the defence, or where the case is able to be resolved in advance of the trial date without the need to lead a particular witness's evidence.

I now attach a table setting out the number of witnesses who have been cited at least once in each of the last five years.

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Witnesses cited by COFPS in the past five years





















Year

Solemn

Total Civilian

Total Police

Total Other

Grand Total

2012-13

      27,402

      41,410

        7,546

      76,358

2011-12

      25,753

      39,722

        7,493

     72,968

2010-11

      22,774

      36,322

        7,158

      66,254

2009-10

      22,584

      35,617

        6,482

      64,683

2008-09

      23,277

      36,069

        5,121

      64,467

Total

     121,790

     189,140

      33,800

     344,730





















Year

Summary

Total Civilian

Total Police

Total Other

Grand Total

2012-13

     113,674

     119,317

        3,739

     236,730

2011-12

     122,443

     130,728

        4,812

     257,983

2010-11

     120,977

     133,733

        6,338

     261,048

2009-10

     125,379

     138,527

        7,541

     271,447

2008-09

     126,465

     143,579

        6,430

     276,474

Total

     608,938

     665,884

      28,860

  1,303,682