Justice written question – answered on 27th February 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost was of an ineffective trial in (a) magistrates and (b) Crown courts in the latest period for which figures are available.

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

The Ministry of Justice does not record the amount of court time lost in respect of ineffective trials in either the magistrates or crown courts. To collect this information it would be necessary to establish a process to ascertain and record time lost due to ineffective trials at each individual court. This would be labour intensive and time consuming and incur disproportionate cost. In the absence of this information it is not possible to evaluate the average costs of ineffective trials in the crown and magistrates courts. However, court business in the crown and magistrates courts is managed in a way that minimises the potential loss of court time due to ineffective trials.

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