Bail: Northern Ireland

Justice written question – answered on 28th February 2008.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon UUP, North Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many defendants on bail between pleading guilty or being found guilty and sentence subsequently failed to attend court for sentencing in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Bench warrants are issued when defendants on bail fail to appear at a Crown court.

The information sought was not centrally recorded prior to the introduction of a new IT system in October 2006. Consequently, it is not possible to provide the requested information prior to this without incurring disproportionate cost.

The following table details, for Crown court cases dealt with in Northern Ireland between October 2006 and September 2007, the number of defendants on bail between pleading guilty or being found guilty and being sentenced who had a least one bench warrant issued against them. All have since been sentenced.

Crown court cases dealt with 1 October 2006 to 30 September 2007
Number
Number of defendants with at least one bench warrant issued 27

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