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Criminal Justice Social Work Statistics: 2019 -20

On 8 March 2021, Criminal Justice Social Work Statistics: 2019 -20 were published. The figures only cover up to 31 March 2020, therefore are only very minimally affected by the pandemic. it highlights a number of interesting points, compared to the previous year: the number of diversion from prosecution cases commenced rose by 8%; the number of bail supervision cases commenced rose by 40%; a 69% successful completion rate for community payback orders (77% for those aged over 40 and 66% for those aged 40 or under); the number of Drug Testing and Treatment Orders (DTTOs) decreased by 15% which is the second lowest level of the last seven years.

Effects of New Covid19 Variant

During January 2021 and in response to the increasing spread of the new variant of COVID-19 across Scotland, a number of measures were advised:

- the Lord President announced that criminal courts would focus on the most serious trials and the majority of summary trials in the Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court would be adjourned. This was estimated to reduce the overall number of criminal trials taking place during lockdown by up to 75%

- Social Work Scotland announced that for the same reason, face to face unpaid work as part of CPOs would be suspended as part of the current lockdown

- HMIPS announced that they had taken the decision to suspend on-site monitoring and liaison visits to prisons and Court Custody Units - a decision that would be reviewed on a fortnightly basis.

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