Convictions: Hunting Act 2004

Justice written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of James Paice James Paice Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions, (b) convictions and (c) cautions there have been for each offence under the Hunting Act 2004 in each year since the Act came into force.

Photo of Claire Ward Claire Ward Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts, and the number of offenders cautioned, in England and Wales for offences under the Hunting Act 2004, from 2005 to 2008 (latest available) can be viewed in the following table.

Cautions and court proceedings data for 2009 are planned to be published in the autumn, 2010.

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts, and the number of offenders cautioned( 1, 2) for offences under the Hunting Act 2004( 3) , England and Wales, 2005 to 2008( 4, 5, 6)
Offence description Year Proceeded against Found guilty Cautioned
Hunting a wild mammal with a dog - sections 1 and 6 2005 2 2 1
2006 10 4 -
2007 57 44 8
2008 41 31 4
Knowingly permitting land to be entered or used in the course of hunting a wild mammal with dogs-sections 3(1) and 6 2005 - - -
2006 - - -
2007 1 - -
2008 - - -
Knowingly permitting a dog to be used in the course of hunting a wild mammal-section 3(2) and 6 2005 - - -
2006 1 1 -
2007 - - -
2008 - - -
Participating in a hare coursing event - sections 5(1)(a) and 6 2005 - - -
2006 - - -
2007 - - -
2008 1 - -
Attending a hare coursing event - sections 5(1)(b) and 6 2005 - - -
2006 - - -
2007 - - -
2008 2 2 -
Permitting a dog to participate in a hare coursing event-section 5(2) 2005 - - -
2006 - - -
2007 4 4 -
2008 - - -
All offences 2005 2 2 1
2006 11 5 -
2007 62 48 8
2008 44 33 4
(1) The cautions statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been cautioned for two or more offences at the same time the principal offence is the more serious offence.

(2) From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and warnings. These figures have been included in the totals.

(3) Came into force on 18 February 2005.

(4) The court proceedings statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

(5) 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.

(6) Excludes data for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July and August 2008.

Source:

Justice Statistics Analytical Services - Ministry of Justice

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