Criminal Proceedings

Attorney-General written question – answered on 23rd April 2013.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Attorney General

To ask the Attorney-General

(1) on how many occasions the prosecution has offered no evidence in the (a) magistrates' court and (b) Crown court following the commencement of criminal proceedings in each of the last five years;

(2) what records the Crown Prosecution Service keeps of the number of occasions in which the prosecution offers no evidence in the magistrates' court and in the Crown court following the commencement of criminal proceedings.

Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve The Attorney-General

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) maintains a central record of the number of defendants prosecuted whose prosecution outcome is recorded as 'offer no evidence' in magistrates courts and in the Crown court.

The following tables represent the number of defendants prosecuted in magistrates courts and in the Crown court, whose prosecution concluded with an outcome of 'offer no evidence' in each of the last five years.

(a) Magistrates courts
  Offered no evidence  
  Number Percentage Total prosecutions
2008-09 25,769 2.8 928,708
2009-10 25,257 2.9 872,585
2010-11 26,107 3.1 841,180
2011-12 24,956 3.2 787,958
2012-13 23,885 3.4 707,995
(b) Crown court
  Offered no evidence  
  Number Percentage Total prosecutions
2008-09 9,734 9.4 103,890
2009-10 10,537 9.6 110,146
2010-11 12,469 10.6 117,654
2011-12 10,649 9.8 108,547
2012-13 9,212 9.4 98,463

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