Statistics and Research

02/04/2020 - Users of PPS Official Statistics are asked to note information about the potential disruption to the publication of statistical bulletins due to COVID 19.

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 15th September 2022. It provides information for the full 2021/22 financial year (i.e. 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022) and includes comparisons with 2020/21. Statistics for the financial year period 2022/23 will be published in Summer/Autumn 2023 (provisional).

The PPS also publishes an annual statistical bulletin on Cases Involving Sexual Offences. The latest bulletin was published on 11th November 2021. It provides information for the full 2020/21 financial year (i.e. 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021) and includes comparisons with 2019/20. Following a change to offence classifications, revised statistics on sexual offences for the years 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 were published on 24th October 2019. Statistics for the financial year period 2021/22 will be published on 1st December 2022.

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 26th May 2022. The bulletin provided information in respect of the 2021 survey, conducted between October and December 2021, and included comparisons with the 2020 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 2022 survey will be published May/June 2023.

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 2022 to March 2023 will be published Summer 2023.

Previously published Statistical Bulletins