Family Court (Imprisonments)

Constitutional Affairs written question – answered on 4th July 2006.

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Photo of John Hemming John Hemming Liberal Democrat, Birmingham, Yardley 4th July 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many people were imprisoned following in-camera hearings of the family court in each of the past three years; how many of these were imprisoned for offences relating to contempt of court; how many were imprisoned for more than a month; and for what offences, other than contempt, they were imprisoned.

Photo of Harriet Harman Harriet Harman Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee, Minister of State (Department of Constitutional Affairs), Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs 4th July 2006

Information on how many people have been sentenced to a term in prison by the family courts in each of the last three financial years is not recorded. However the following figures show the number of people remanded under custody. These cases include those sentenced to a prison sentence and those kept in police cells. The table also shows the number of people remanded on bail or for medical reports.

Financial year Bail Custody Medical reports Total
2003-04 217 616 8 841
2004-05 225 565 10 800
2005-06 253 576 2 831
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The figures are from the County and High Courts only and relate to the breach of Family Law Act 1996 orders.

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