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People charged between 2012 -16 within broad categories of Murder, assault etc (R015618)

Thank you for your e-mail of 13 March 2107 in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):

"I should be obliged if you would provide the following information under FOI provisions:

"Individuals reported to the procurator fiscal between 2012/13 and present broken down by offence, local authority area and nationality of the accused. Please also provide details of the conviction rate within these parameters.

"Whilst I am happy to receive overall details of the offence within broader categories at your discretion, I would like the following to be provided individually:

"Murder/attempted murder;Rape and sexual offences;  Domestic abuse/assault; Drink driving, careless driving and dangerous driving; Assault, assault to severe injury etc."

Firstly I should explain that the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service’s case management database is a live, operating database. It is designed to meet our business needs in relation to the processing of cases and the information within it is structured accordingly. We do not have a separate statistical database, and hold only operational data needed for business purposes. Where we do provide information the data provided refers to the number of charges and not the number of persons reported; one of more charge(s) may relate to the same accused person.

The domestic abuse charge data provided has been presented in a separate table because of the way it is recorded on our electronic system. By way of explanation, we collate statistical information about domestic abuse charges by undertaking an electronic search of our systems. Charges involving domestic abuse are normally identified by an electronic marker, and so charges with this marker are collated to form the statistical information that we provide about domestic abuse. Electronic domestic abuse markers are normally added by the police to appropriate charges. However, it is ultimately the decision of the Procurator Fiscal whether a charge falls within the definition of domestic abuse, and domestic abuse markers can be added or removed by the Procurator Fiscal. There may be a small number of charges processed by COPFS where domestic abuse markers ought to have been added but have not either by the police or the Procurator Fiscal.

You have requested that the data be presented by offence, local authority area and nationality of the accused. I can advise that whilst we are able to group the data by offence we do not hold details of local authority area and the nationality of the accused is not recorded electronically on our case management system.

For the purposes of the response the large amount of data involved in this request has been grouped by COPFS business unit. Information about the geographical areas involved is available at:

http://www.crownoffice.gov.uk/in-your-community/copfs-functions/local-offices-by-sheriffdom; and

http://www.crownoffice.gov.uk/in-your-community/copfs-functions#specialist

I attach two tables at Annexes A and B.

Annex A displays the number of charges with no domestic abuse marker attached reported to COPFS by Police Scotland during the complete financial years 2012 to 2016, grouped, as explained above, by offence type and business unit.

Annex B displays the number of charges reported to COPFS by Police Scotland which have a domestic abuse marker attached, during the complete financial years 2012 to 2016 again grouped by offence type and business unit. 
The domestic charge data you have requested is already published on the COPFS website for the period 2013 to 2016 and you may access the explanatory notes regarding the data using the following link: http://www.crownoffice.gov.uk/publications/statistics

For the purposes of your response we have taken this published data from the website and grouped it so that it is consistent with your request. The data for the period 2012/13 has been drawn from a previous FOI request regarding domestic abuse charges from 2013. It is worth highlighting for clarity in the event of further enquiry regarding this particular data that although the total number of charges reported is the same, the breakdown of the data and presentation differs from the original response from 2013.

Both tables include the charge types you have specifically highlighted in your request.

I can advise that conviction rates for the period 2006-07 to 2015-16 is currently accessible on the Scottish Government website at:

http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/01/6376/12

Other conviction details you may require can be extracted more easily from the Scottish Government Justice Department’s Court Proceedings Database which is designed to provide statistical information. This database contains information about cases prosecuted and convictions obtained in all courts and you can contact them by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone on 0131 244 2927.

pdf Annex A - Charges Freq 2012-16530.07 KB

pdfAnnex B - DA Charges 2012-16371.8 KB