Level of court cases concluded at 77 per cent of pre-Covid level
The level of cases concluded in Scotland’s courts is 77 per cent of the average pre-Covid level, new figures show.
The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service has published its latest monthly workbook to show the throughput of criminal cases in the courts.
Due to fewer court days being programmed during the early January festive period, comparisons with the pre-Covid monthly average are lower. The January figures also reflect the impact of the Covid Omicron variant which resulted in reduced summary criminal trial loadings to manage overall footfall in the courts and an increased number of adjournments due to self-isolation requirements.
The figures show that during January 2022:
- The overall level of new cases registered is 78 per cent of the average pre-Covid level.
- The overall level of cases concluded is 77 per cent of the average pre-Covid level.
- Petitions, which provide a useful indicator of future solemn business, are 26 per cent higher than the average monthly pre-Covid level.
- 47 High Court evidence led trials commenced which is 112 per cent of the average pre-Covid level.
- 45 High Court cases were concluded, which is 67 per cent of the average pre-Covid level.
- 56 sheriff solemn evidence led trials commenced which is 59 per cent of the average pre-Covid level.
- 357 sheriff solemn cases were concluded which is 83 per cent of the average pre-Covid level.
- 427 sheriff summary evidence led trials commenced, which is 74 per cent of the average pre-Covid levels
- 4,126 sheriff summary cases were concluded which is 86 per cent of the average pre-Covid level.
- 1,513 Justice of the Peace cases were concluded which is 59 per cent of the average pre-Covid level.
David Fraser, SCTS executive director Court Operations, said: “Our court buildings continue to operate in accordance with guidance from Public Health Scotland to safeguard our staff, judiciary and court users.
“As the impact of the Covid Omicron variant reduced, we were able to ease the restrictions in our courts at the end of January while continuing to maintain necessary baseline safety measures.
“The collaboration across the judiciary, justice organisations, the legal profession and the third sector is helping to effectively manage court business, including the ongoing delivery of the recovery programme. We will continue to publish these figures on a monthly basis to illustrate the progress we are making and the challenges still being faced.”