Courts: Crimes of Violence

Justice written question – answered on 29th February 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many violent incidents were recorded in each (a) court and (b) tribunal in (i) 2009, (ii) 2010 and (iii) 2011.

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

The number of violent incidents reported in courts and tribunals are as follows:

2009-10: 213

2010-11: 197

2011-12 (April to November 2011): 71.

It is not possible to provide a breakdown for each court and tribunal for the years requested as courts and tribunals operate out of approximately 650 locations. Providing these data would be labour intensive, time consuming and result in a disproportionate cost.

As with question 96705, the figures provided comprise reported incidents from the reporting periods April to March and resulting in actual violence. This includes include incidents between and against parties, court and tribunal users and Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service staff and contractors. These figures do not include verbal abuse or threats, nor any violent incident which took place off HMCTS premises while staff were undertaking official duties.

My Department takes the security of all court users seriously and it is the policy of Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service that all security incidents are reported and investigated. All incidents involving violence are reported to the police for further investigation.

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