Number of new summary court cases in Scotland 2014-2019 by type of court

In 2018/19 there were approximately 37 thousand new court cases registered at Justice of the Peace courts, compared with almost 60 thousand new summary complaints registered at Sheriff Courts. These type of offences are relatively minor and do not require the presence of a jury, unlike more serious indictable offences that are tried at the Scottish High Courts.

Number of complaints registered for summary offences in Scotland from 2014 to 2019, by type of court

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Release date

March 2020


United Kingdom (Scotland)

Survey time period

2014 to 2019

Supplementary notes

*Only includes figure for Q1-Q3

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