Court Utilisation Rate

Justice written question – answered on 13th July 2010.

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Photo of Andrew Percy Andrew Percy Conservative, Brigg and Goole

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the court utilisation rate was for (a) Beverley, (b) Bridlington, (c) Hull and (d) Goole in each of the last five years.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The courtroom utilisation rates for the last three years are provided in the following table. The information is not available centrally before April 2007. Courtroom utilisation is the time a courtroom is used, against the hours that a courtroom is available for use. Utilisation rates currently average 64% across the magistrates courts. The Government's aim is to increase courtroom utilisation in the magistrates courts to at least 80%.

Percentage
Beverley Bridlington Hull Goole
2007-08 43.2 53.5 65.3 31.7
2008-09 41 52.5 64.7 31.8
2009-10 43.1 45.8 63.2 31.5

The data comes from an internal management system, are subject to our minimal levels of quality assurance and are based on the data currently available.

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