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Prosecutions: Costs

Solicitor-General written question – answered on 6th June 2007.

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Photo of Nigel Dodds Nigel Dodds Opposition Whip (Commons), Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform), Shadow Spokesperson (Justice)

To ask the Solicitor-General what the average cost was of a prosecution within the system established under the Public Prosecution Service in (a) the magistrates court and (b) the Crown court in each year since its establishment.

Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Solicitor General, Law Officers' Department

The Public Prosecution Service does not hold information on the average cost of prosecutions. While some unit costs may be identifiable, the overall cost to the PPS of any case it prosecutes, as a percentage of the overall cost of its total workload, is not.

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