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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-17395: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the figures in the report, Criminal Proceeding in Scotland, 2016-17, which record a 96.2% reduction in the number of police formal adult warnings since 2009-10.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 19 July 2018

The Formal Adult Warnings system was replaced with the Recorded Police Warnings scheme in January 2016. Recorded Police Warnings provide a proportionate, formal way of dealing with low level offences which commonly do not result in court action and will still appear on records for two years.

The types of crime covered by the scheme are a matter for the Lord Advocate as part of his independent role as head of the system of prosecution.