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Trials

Justice written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Shadow Minister (London), Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how many cases in (a) magistrates courts and (b) Crown courts were awaiting trial on 1 January (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012 and (iv) 2013;

(2) how many cases (a) magistrates courts and (b) Crown courts received in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2012.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

The number of trial cases outstanding in the Crown court and criminal cases outstanding in the magistrates courts in England and Wales from 2009 to 2012 is provided in Table 1. This includes those awaiting trial and those who have pleaded or been found guilty and are awaiting sentence.

The number of cases received in the Crown court and the number of criminal cases received in magistrates courts in England and Wales from 2010 to 2012 are presented in Table 2.

Information on cases received and cases outstanding in the magistrates courts is management information which has recently been developed and is currently being validated. Some bulk applications, such as council tax, are sometimes counted as a single case. It is therefore not subject to the same level of checking as official statistics.

Table 1: The number of trial cases outstanding in the Crown court and criminal cases in the magistrates courts outstanding in England and Wales, 2009 to 2012
  Total number of trial cases outstanding in the Crown court at the end of each year(1) Total number of criminal cases outstanding in magistrates courts at the end of each year(1)
2009 39,898 313,100
2010 37,788 325,172
2011 36,077 326,693
2012 32,150 322,141
(1 )Outstanding cases as at 31 December. (2 )Outstanding cases include those which have pleaded or been found guilty but are waiting to be sentenced. It also includes cases where a warrant has been issued for the defendant's arrest in magistrates court cases. Source: HM Courts and Tribunals Service CREST system (Crown court) and Libra system (magistrates courts)
Table 2: The total number of cases received in the Crown court and criminal cases in the magistrates courts, England and Wales, 2010 to
  Total number of cases received in the Crown court(1) Total number of criminal cases received in magistrates courts 2010 to 2012
2010 152,336 1,856,403
2011 148,250 1,790,111
2012 133,371 1,680,191
(1 )Receipts in the Crown court include committals direct from the magistrates courts, bench warrants executed (trial and sentence only) and cases transferred in, less cases transferred out. (2 )Receipts in the magistrates courts include cases transferred or remitted between courts which will be counted as receipts at both courts. Source: HM Courts and Tribunals Service CREST system and Libra system (magistrates courts)

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