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 three 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 August 2019. It provides information for the full 2018/19 financial year (i.e. 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019) and includes comparisons with 2017/18. Statistics for the financial year period 2019/20 will be published in August/September 2020.

The PPS also publishes an annual statistical bulletin on Cases Involving Sexual Offences. The latest bulletin was published on 24th October 2019. It provides information for the full 2018/19 financial year (i.e. 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019) and includes comparisons with 2017/18. Following a change to offence classifications, revised statistics on sexual offences for the years 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 were also published on 24th October 2019. Statistics for the financial year period 2019/20 will be published in the autumn of 2019.

An additional bulletin presenting the findings of the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, “Perceptions of the Public Prosecution Service” was published on 14th June 2019. The bulletin provided information in respect of the 2018 survey, conducted between September 2018 and February 2019. This replaced the bulletin providing findings of the Northern Ireland Omnibus Survey, “Perceptions of the Public Prosecution Service” which was published in previous years.

Quarterly Statistical Bulletin

The PPS also publishes a regular Quarterly Statistical Bulletin which presents an overview of caseloads, decisions and outcomes. 

Previously published Quarterly Statistical Bulletins