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Prosecutions

Over the last five years, the number of cases prosecuted by HSE, local authorities and, in Scotland, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service* has increased slightly. 

Offences prosecuted count individual offences of separate health and safety legislation. A duty holder may be prosecuted for more than one offence within the same case.

In the latest year HSE*:

In the latest year local authorities*:

Number of Prosecution cases resulting in at least one conviction instituted by HSE, local authorities and, in Scotland, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service* (2009/10 - 2014/15p)

Figure 1: Number of prosecution cases resulting in at least one conviction instituted by HSE, local authorities and, in Scotland, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service* (2008/09 - 2012/13p)

* In Scotland HSE and local authorities investigate potential offences but cannot institute legal proceedings. HSE and local authorities send a report to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS). COPFS makes the final decision whether to institute legal proceedings and which offences are taken.

Further information is also available in the enforcement suite of tables.

Updated 2015-10-14