Crown Prosecution Service

Attorney-General written question – answered on 17th November 2010.

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Photo of Roger Gale Roger Gale Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Substitute Member)

To ask the Attorney-General in how many and what proportion of cases prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service the defendant entered a not guilty plea at each stage of the prosecution and trial in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve The Attorney-General

The information requested is not recorded centrally and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Central data do not record when a specific plea is entered. Central data will only show whether a guilty plea was entered before the start of a trial or after the start of a trial.

The Ministry of Justice publish some statistics in relation to non guilty pleas which can be found on their website at:

www.justice.gov.uk/publications/judicialandcourtstatistics.htm

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