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Statistical information

Normally information required to respond to requests for statistical information will be provided by the Management Information Unit in the Crown Office, rather than by individual Procurator Fiscal offices. Such data is normally obtained from the COPFS case management system. This is a live, operational database designed to meet COPFS business needs, in relation to the processing of criminal cases and the information is structured accordingly. COPFS does not have a separate statistical database and holds only operational data needed for business purposes, eg to prepare court documentation; to send and receive electronic information regarding court appearances and results; to cite witnesses; to deal with issues relating to disclosure of information to the defence etc.

Please note that where the number is below five we are unlikely to be in a position to provide exact information due to our competing obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998.

You can obtain statistical information about prosecutions from the Scottish Government Justice Department's Court Proceedings Database, which is designed to provide statistical information. This database contains information about cases prosecuted in all courts and can provide information either at the level of the specific offence or by certain broader groupings of offences (eg crimes of violence, crimes of dishonesty, offences involving drugs etc). You can contact the Scottish Government Justice Department at mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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