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Justice written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of David Howarth David Howarth Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2010, Official Report, column 705W, on prisoners on remand, how many juveniles remanded in custody were subsequently (a) acquitted and (b) given a non-custodial sentence in (i) a magistrates court and (ii) the Crown court in 2008.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (also in Government Equalities Office), Minister of State (Government Equalities Office) (also in the Ministry of Justice)

The previously supplied table that showed data relating to the number of juveniles remanded in custody who were subsequently acquitted or given a non-custodial sentence in each year between 2003 and 2007 has been updated to include data for 2008 as follows:

The estimated number of juveniles( 1) remanded in custody( 2) who were subsequently acquitted or received a non-custodial sentence( 3) at magistrates' courts and the Crown court, England and Wales 2003-08( 4)
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008( 5)
Magistrates courts
Acquitted 1,391 1,186 949 847 791 660
Non-custodial 1,737 1,637 1,480 1,459 1,664 1,511
Crown court
Acquitted 248 220 182 149 162 167
Non-custodial 363 284 271 216 211 264
(1) Defined as being aged 10 to 17 at the date of appearance in court.

(2) Includes those remanded in custody at any stage of proceedings at magistrates and crown courts who may also have been given bail at some stage of those proceedings.

(3) Magistrates courts figures exclude those committed for trial or sentence at the crown court. Non-custodial sentences include discharges, fines, community sentences, and a number of other sentences that do not involve incarceration. Acquitted includes proceedings discontinued, discharged, withdrawn and dismissed.

(4) Excludes convictions for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July and August 2008.

(5) Indicates that the data are provisional and subject to change.


1. Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

2. It is known that in some police force areas, information on remand decisions is not always readily available to those coding court proceedings returns. In certain cases, the return may be mistakenly coded as if no remand had taken place. For magistrates court proceedings, the number of remands and more importantly, the number which are in custody, are believed to be under-recorded in total. As the breakdown of remands into bail and custody cases for a number of forces is not accurate for a number of forces, estimates have to be made to provide national figures.


Prepared by Justice Statistics Analytical Services.

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