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Publication - Statistics publication

Criminal Proceedings in Scotland 2015-16

Published: 17 Jan 2017
Directorate:
Justice Directorate
Part of:
Law and order, Statistics
ISBN:
9781786527400

Summary of proceedings dealt with by courts, sentencing outcomes and characteristics of convicted offenders.

106 page PDF

1.7 MB

106 page PDF

1.7 MB

Contents
Criminal Proceedings in Scotland 2015-16
Criminal Proceedings in Scotland, 2015-16

106 page PDF

1.7 MB

Criminal Proceedings in Scotland, 2015-16

This bulletin forms part of the Scottish Government series of statistical bulletins on the criminal justice system. Statistics are presented on criminal proceedings concluded in Scottish courts and on a range of measures available as alternatives to prosecution, which are issued by the police and by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. Detailed figures for 2015-16 are presented, along with selected trends for the last ten years.

Further detailed tables are published as background statistics on the Scottish Government Crime and Justice Statistics website.

A total of 116,800 people were proceeded against in court in 2015-16, a fall of five per cent on 2014-15 (123,369 proceedings). The number of convictions fell at a slightly faster rate to 99,950 convictions, down six per cent on 2014-15 (106,622). This continues the general downward trend of the last ten years and contrasts the short term rise in court activity between 2012-13 and 2014-15. Convictions in 2015-16 were around 26 per cent lower than the peak of 134,416 in 2006-07.

Chart 1: Number people proceeded against and those convicted

Chart 1: Number people proceeded against and those convicted


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