Trials: 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 on how many occasions retrials in Northern Ireland have resulted in defendants being found (a) guilty and (b) not guilty in each of the last five years.

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

A retrial will only take place when a jury has been unable to reach a verdict or a retrial has been ordered by the Court of Appeal.

Information on the number of retrials in Northern Ireland 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 defendants dealt with in Northern Ireland between October 2006 and September 2007, the outcome of those trials which have been retrials.

Crown court January October 2006 to 30 September 2007
Cases dealt with
Total number of retrials 4
Number of defendants found guilty on re-trial 2
Number of defendants found not guilty on re-trial 2

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