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Discontinued Prosecutions

Solicitor-General written question – answered on 18th June 2009.

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Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

To ask the Solicitor-General how many prosecutions have been discontinued on the advice of the Crown Prosecution Service on the first day set down for the trial in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

Photo of Vera Baird Vera Baird Solicitor General, Attorney General's Office

The Crown Prosecution Service maintains records of attrition at various points in the criminal process in both the magistrates court and the Crown court. These records do not include a discrete count of the number of cases discontinued on the first day set down for trial. It is therefore not possible to accurately answer the hon. Member's question. However, it is clear that there have been significant improvements in the level of attrition over the period in question.

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