Prosecutions

Attorney-General written question – answered on 22nd April 2013.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Attorney General

To ask the Attorney-General how many Crown Prosecution Service prosecutions in (a) magistrates courts and (b) Crown Courts there were in each of the last eight years.

Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve The Attorney-General

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) maintains a central record of the number of defendants who were prosecuted in magistrates courts and in the Crown court.

The figures in the following tables represent the numbers of defendants prosecuted together with the outcome of proceedings prosecuted by the CPS, in each of the last eight years. Outcomes are divided into convictions, including guilty pleas as well as convictions after trial, and unsuccessful outcomes, comprising all other outcomes.

(a) Magistrates courts
  Convictions Unsuccessful Total
  Number Percentage Number Percentage  
2005-06 881,861 82.5 186,884 17.5 1,068,745
2006-07 831,093 84.1 156,939 15.9 988,032
2007-08 828,535 85.7 138,130 14.3 966,665
2008-09 810,605 87.3 118,103 12.7 928,708
2009-10 757,349 86.8 115,236 13.2 872,585
2010-11 727,625 86.5 113,555 13.5 841,180
2011-12 682,872 86.7 105,086 13.3 787,958
2012-13 610,362 86.2 97,633 13.8 707,995
(b) Crown court
  Convictions Unsuccessful Total
  Number Percentage Number Percentage  
2005-06 69,832 76.4 21,526 23.6 91,358
2006-07 69,549 77.0 20,720 23.0 90,269
2007-08 77,428 79.4 20,101 20.6 97,529
2008-09 84,000 80.9 19,890 19.1 103,890
2009-10 88,872 80.7 21,274 19.3 110,146
2010-11 93,706 79.6 23,948 20.4 117,654
2011-12 87,785 80.9 20,762 19.1 108,547
2012-13 79,391 80.6 19,072 19.4 98,463

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