Nearly half the people sent before the Revolutionary Tribunal in Paris were acquitted. Even after the Law of Prairial in June 1794 expedited the work of the Revolutionary Tribunal, nearly a quarter of the accused escaped with their lives. Ironically, an exception was the revolutionary leaders themselves – all the revolutionary leaders who were sent before the Revolutionary Tribunal between autumn 1793 and summer 1794 were condemned to death.
March 20 1792, the guillotine was adopted as the official means of execution in France. Estimates vary, but it is believed anywhere from 10,000 to 40,000 people were executed by means of guillotine during the French Revolution.