Data Report on Police Charges Reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service under the Coronavirus Regulations: March 2020 to June 2021

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This data report was produced to assist and inform the deliberations of the Independent Advisory Group (‘the IAG’) on Police Use of Temporary Powers related to the Coronavirus Crisis. The IAG was established by the Scottish Police Authority in April 2020 to provide scrutiny around the role of policing during the course of the pandemic under the chairmanship of John Scott QC. The report provides information on the number of charges that were reported by Police Scotland to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) under the Coronavirus Regulations between 26th March 2020 and 30th June 2021. It also summarises the outcome of these charges in terms of whether the charges were
dealt with via court or non-court disposals. Although prosecutorial decision making was not within the Terms of Reference of the IAG, the report contributes to scrutiny around ‘proportionality’ as it provides information on the extent to which enforcement action taken by the police in relation to breaches of the Coronavirus Regulations went beyond the use of police direct measures (i.e. a Fixed Penalty Notice).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2021

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