Parliamentary Written Question (Correction)

Justice written statement – made on 10th November 2010.

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Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

An error has been identified in the written answer given to Ian Austin on 19 July 2010, Hansard, columns 45-46W. The correct answer is as follows:

The number of court proceedings processed in the magistrates courts in England and Wales, England, and the West Midlands Local Criminal Justice Board area, from 2007 to 2009, is given in the table. Statistics are not available prior to 2007 on a comparable basis.

Table 1. Completed court proceedings in the magistrates courts, England and Wales, 2007-2009
Year Area Total number ofcompleted criminal proceedings(including breaches) Total number of completed non-criminal proceedings Total number of completed court proceedings
2007 England and Wales 2,184,000 981,000 3,165,000
England 2,051,000 923,000 2,974,000
West Midlands 132,000 62,000 194,000
2008 England and Wales 2,031,000 977,000 3,008,000
England 1,909,000 917,000 2,826,000
West Midlands 121,000 63,400 184,000
2009 England and Wales 1,913,000 974,000 2,887,000
England 1,797,000 910,000 2,708,000
West Midlands 107,000 66,000 173,000

HM Courts Service Completed Proceedings database, collected through the HM Courts Service Performance Database ("OPT") and by manual data returns prior to April 2007.


(1) All figures are given to the nearest thousand.

(2) Criminal proceedings include indictable/Triable-Either-Way, adult breach proceedings, adult summary motoring and non-motoring proceedings, and youth proceedings.

(3) Civil and family applications include care proceedings, Children Act 1989 section 8 Orders, emergency protection orders, licensing, other civil applications and others. Other includes means inquiries, representation orders and special jurisdiction.

(4) Prior to April 2007, data were collected through different data collection systems and therefore not directly comparable with those given in the table, based on HMCS Performance database (OPT). For this reason, the table shows the figures from 2007 only. In addition, the case management system used in the magistrates courts was updated between December 2005 and December 2008, from multiple legacy systems to Libra. Libra was rolled out in the West Midlands courts between March-October 2008.

(5) The above stated figures may not be directly compared with those published prior to the Judicial and Court Statistics 2008 bulletins, due to figures being derived from a different data source.