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Not proven verdicts delivered from 2011 to 2016: FOI release

Published: 23 Oct 2017

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/17/02213
Date received: 2 October 2017
Date responded: 19 October 2017

Information requested

You asked for 'statistics as to how many not proven verdicts were delivered in Scotland in the past 5 years, as well as similar statistics for guilty and not guilty verdicts in Scotland.'

Response

The answer to your question is provided in the tables below:

People proceeded against in court by outcome of court proceedings, 2011-12 to 2015-16

Outcome 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
PNGA¹ ² or deserted³ 10,910 9,975 9,687 9,323 9,044
Acquittd not guilty 4,517 4,719 5,322 6,275 6,633
Acquittd not proven 991 972 1,119 1,149 1,173
Charge Proved* 108,424 101,018 105,656 106,622 99,950
All 124,842 116,684 121,784 123,369 116,800

1 - Plea of Not Guilty Accepted.

2 - Includes cases where proceedings are dropped after a person has been called to court e.g. if witnesses cannot be traced.

3 - Deserted simpliciter, i.e. trial is permanently abandoned by the Procurator Fiscal.

* - Excludes people against whom proceedings are started but which are dropped before they reach court.

Source: Scottish Government Criminal Proceedings Database

People proceeded against in court by outcome of court proceedings, 2011-12 to 2015-16

Outcome 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
Guilty 108,424 101,018 105,656 106,622 99,950
Not guilty¹ 16,418 15,666 16,128 16,747 16,850
All 124,842 116,684 121,784 123,369 116,800

1 – Not guilty includes: PNGA or deserted, Acquitted not guilty and Acquitted not proven.

Source: Scottish Government Criminal Proceedings Database.

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Published:
23 Oct 2017
Not proven verdicts delivered from 2011 to 2016: FOI release