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Missing Records Put The Scottish Public At Risk

By Clare Westwood

A review of the Police National Computer in Scotland discovered that the outcome of over 35,000 court cases from 2007 have not been recorded in the criminal records system and more thousands more are also not on the system from further years. It has also been noted that it is very likely some details have been entered incorrectly.

The Scottish police force and judges will now be unable to decide what the risk posed on the public is due to the errors. It is thought that public safety may be at risk in some cases.

The amount of impending prosecutions kept in the Scottish system is much larger than those kept by the rest of the United Kingdom. Impending prosecutions mean cases which have not been settled in court.

Updating the records is carried out by the Scottish Courts System, Crown Court and Procurator Fiscal Service.

According to figures released there were 35,000 impending prosecutions logged in 2007 that were still outstanding. The figure for Wales and England combined was just 15,000.

The report also claimed that the full problems created by the situation will be unknown, although the worst outcome would be that people were now working in sensitive industries such as education when they technically should be banned.

The risks posed by the debacle has caused investigators to discuss the matter with the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland. What adds to the concerns is that the system used for logging the impending prosecutions wipes clear any incomplete entries after a period of three years.

The Scottish police force are meant to manually check the lists of impending prosecutions in order to prevent records being left incomplete or deleted. Many forces have claimed that they are simply too busy to carry out the process.

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Westwood, Clare "Missing Records Put The Scottish Public At Risk." Missing Records Put The Scottish Public At Risk. 7 Aug. 2010. 6 Aug 2014 <>.

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Westwood, C (2010, August 7). Missing Records Put The Scottish Public At Risk. Retrieved August 6, 2014, from

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Westwood, Clare "Missing Records Put The Scottish Public At Risk"

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