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 re-trials on indictment in Northern Ireland have taken place (a) within three months of, (b) between three months and six months of and (c) six months or more after the original trial 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 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

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