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S5W-09084: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 28 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what performance indicators have been implemented to measure the efficiency of courts since the publication of the Audit Scotland report, Efficiency of prosecuting criminal cases though the sheriff courts.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 11 May 2017

This information, together with other additional statistical information about the performance of the summary criminal justice system, is available at

As a result of the recommendations of the Audit Scotland report to which the question refers, the Scottish Government publishes, on a monthly basis, a measurement of the average sheriff court summary waiting period, which is the time between a plea of not guilty being recorded and the first trial diet in a summary case. Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service has a target of 16 weeks for this period, which it is presently meeting on a national basis.