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 cases dealt with in Northern Ireland between October 2006 and September 2007, the number trials on indictment that have been retrials.
|Crown court cases dealt with 1 October 2006 to 30 September 2007|
|Total number of retrials||4|
|Less than 3 months since original trial||0|
|3-6 months since original trial||3|
|6 months plus since original trial||1|