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Summary criminal cases concluding more quickly

19 May 2010

Summary criminal cases continue to be dealt with more quickly, according to figures released today by Scotland's Chief Statistician.

The percentage of criminal cases in summary courts completed within 26 weeks in 2009-10 was 77%. This is an increase from 65% in 2005-06, 66% in 2006-07, 68% in 2007-08 and 74% in 2008-09.

The figures cover sheriff summary, district/justice of the peace, and stipendiary court cases. The time points are defined as the earliest caution and charge date for any accused in the case to the latest verdict date for any accused in the case.

Figures for each year relate to cases which were closed in that period.

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