The overall number of criminal convictions in Scotland fell in 2019, continuing a trend of declining figures over the last ten years.
However, there was a 21% increase in convictions for non-sexual crimes of violence from the previous year, with 2142 recorded in 2019-20.
The number of convictions for sexual crimes decreased by 2% to 1204.
The figures were revealed in the annual Criminal Proceedings in Scotland publication, released by the Scottish Government.
A total of 85,726 people were “proceeded against” in Scottish courts in 2019-20, a fall of 4% from the previous year, while the number of convictions fell at the same rate – down 4% to 75,251.
The rise in non-sexual violent crime is partly due to a rise in the number of people convicted for attempted murder and serious assault, up by 11% from 1166 in 2018-19 to 1298 in 2019-20.
Robbery increased by 14% from 361 to 410. However, the number of convictions for homicide remained unchanged over the past year.
There was a slight decrease of 2% in the number of convictions for sexual crimes, from 1224 in 2018-19 to 1204.
Convictions for rape and attempted rape decreased by 8% to 130 in 2019-20.
Convictions linked to domestic abuse increased by 5% to 7751. The domestic abuse “aggravator” was introduced in 2017.
Hate crimes due to sexual orientation increased by 19% to 420.
Convictions with a racial aggravation were 6% lower than the previous year at 595, which is the lowest level in the past ten years.
Convictions with a religious aggravation stood at 230, an increase of 12%.