Remand In Custody: Young People

Justice written question – answered on 3rd November 2010.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Labour, Bridgend

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 13 September 2010, Official Report, columns 862-3W, on remand in custody: young people, how many and what proportion of juveniles remanded in custody were subsequently (a) acquitted and (b) given a non-custodial sentence in (i) magistrates and (ii) Crown courts in 2009.

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

The estimated number and proportion of juveniles remanded in custody at magistrates courts and the Crown court in England and Wales in 2009 (latest currently available), who were subsequently acquitted or given a non-custodial sentence, is shown in the following table.

The estimated number and proportion of juveniles( 1) remanded in custody( 2) who were subsequently acquitted, received a non-custodial sentence( 3) or a custodial sentence at magistrates courts and the Crown court, England and Wales 2009( 4)
2009( 5)
Juveniles Percentage of juveniles( 4)
Magistrates courts:
Acquitted 339 15
Non-custodial 977 44
Immediate custody 888 40
Crown court:
Acquitted 237 17
Non-custodial 239 17
Immediate custody 918 66
(1) Defined as being aged 10-17 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 and those who failed to appear. 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 Acquitted includes proceedings discontinued, discharged, withdrawn and dismissed.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) Percentages here represent the proportions of all juveniles who were remanded in custody, excluding those where the outcome resulted in committal for trial or sentence by magistrates courts to the Crown court.

(5) Data are estimates.


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.

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.

2. Some percentages may not sum to 100 due to rounding.


Prepared by Justice Statistics Analytical Services.

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