Out-of-Court Disposals

Justice written question – answered on 27th July 2010.

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Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab Conservative, Esher and Walton

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what percentage of those offences brought to justice were (a) administered as out-of-court disposals and (b) pursuant to a criminal conviction in court in each year since 2003.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

The number and proportion of offences brought to justice for England and Wales 2003 to 2008 (latest available calendar year) are given in the table as follows.

Data for 2009 are planned for publication on 21 October 2010.

Number of offences brought to justice (OBTJs), by outcome and the proportion they are of the total, England and Wales 2003 to 2008( 1,2)
Offences brought to justice (OBTJ)
Offences taken into consideration( 3) Penalty notices for disorder( 4) Formal warnings for cannabis possession( 5) Caut ions( 6) Convictions Total OBTJs( 7)
Number (thousand)
2003 95 3 n/a 238 723 1,060
2004 104 30 19 264 707 1,125
2005 114 99 54 312 698 1,277
2006 123 142 79 370 694 1,407
2007 108 144 99 383 722 1,457
2008 105 117 106 344 731 1,403
Percentage of total OBTJs (%)
2003 9 0 n/a 22 68 100
2004 9 3 2 23 63 100
2005 9 8 4 24 55 100
2006 9 10 6 26 49 100
2007 7 10 7 26 50 100
2008 7 8 8 24 52 100
n/a = Not applicable

(1) Excludes British Transport Police.

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

(3) Offences taken into consideration by the court and previously recorded by the police; figures for April 2004 onwards include offences not previously recorded.

(4) Piloted in 2002 and introduced nationally in 2004.

(5) Introduced in April 2004

(6) Includes reprimands and final warnings for juveniles.

(7) Total may not equal the sum of the constituent parts due to rounding.

Note:

The introduction of the National Crime Recording Standards (NCRS) in April 2002 resulted in significant increases in the number of crimes recorded.

Source:

Justice Statistics Analytical Services in the Ministry of Justice

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