Statistics and Research

The PPS Statistics and Research Team provide the Public Prosecution Service with a professional statistics, research and consultancy service.

Currently we have a complement of five statisticians on loan from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).

In this section you can find statistical information on key topic areas within the Public Prosecution Service.

All of our published statistics comply with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics and are produced in line with best practice. Additional information on this can be found on the Official Statistics page of the website.

Thematic Bulletins

The PPS publishes an annual statistical bulletin on cases involving Hate Crime. The latest bulletin was published on 14 September 2023. It provides information for the full 2022/23 financial year (i.e. 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023) and includes comparisons with 2021/22. Statistics for the financial year period 2023/24 will be published in August/September 2024.

The PPS also publishes an annual statistical bulletin on Cases Involving Sexual Offences. The latest bulletin was published on 23 November 2023. It provides information for the full 2022/23 financial year (i.e. 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023) and includes comparisons with 2021/22. Following a change to offence classifications, revised statistics on sexual offences for the years 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 were published on 24 October 2019. Statistics for the financial year period 2023/24 will be published in Autumn 2024.

An additional bulletin presenting the findings of the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, “Perceptions of the Public Prosecution Service” is also published by PPS with the latest published on 1 June 2023. The bulletin provided information in respect of the 2022 survey, conducted between September and November 2022, and included comparisons with the 2021 survey. This release replaces findings of the Northern Ireland Omnibus Survey, “Perceptions of the Public Prosecution Service” which was published in previous years. Findings from the 2023 survey will be published in May / June 2024.

Annual Statistical Bulletin

The PPS also publishes an Annual Statistical Bulletin which presents an overview of caseloads, decisions and outcomes. Statistics for the financial year April 2023 to March 2024 will be published Summer 2024.

Previously published Statistical Bulletins