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Crown Courts

Justice written question – answered on 11th September 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) what the average length of time was between a crime being committed and the trial being completed at Leicester Crown court in each of the last five years;

(2) how many Crown court trials have been adjourned in each of the last five years due to no judge being available, in each court;

(3) what the average length of time between a crime being committed and the trial at the Crown court being completed is in each court in each of the last five years.

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

The number of trial hearings which are considered ineffective due to ‘judge/magistrates availability’ is published by court as part of the National Statistics publication ‘Court Statistics Quarterly’.

We are overhauling the Criminal Justice System to make the court process swifter and more efficient and recently launched our ‘CJS Strategy and Action Plan’ which includes steps to address the number of cracked and ineffective trials including increasing digital working and improved case management of files.

The proportion of trials which are ineffective at the Crown court has remained stable between 2007 and 2012 at around 13%. The proportion of effective trials has increased since Q4 2010 (44%) to Q1 2013 (51%).

See Table 1 for the number of ineffective trial hearings due to ‘judge availability’, Crown Court, England and Wales, 2008-12.

The average length of time taken from offence to completion for cases in the Crown court is published quarterly by court as part of the National Statistics' publication ‘Court Statistics Quarterly’.

Published timeliness totals relate to all case outcomes (e.g. those acquitted as well as found guilty)—it is not possible to discern the timeliness of trial only Crown court cases from these data.

See Table 2 for the average (mean) time from offence to completion in weeks, Crown court cases, by Crown court, England and Wales, January 2011 to March 2013.

All breakdowns provided can also be found as part of the transparency files on the Justice website at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/207806/court-stats-q1-main-tables.xls

Table 1: Ineffective trial hearings(1) due to ‘judge/magistrates availability’, Crown court, England and Wales, 2008-12(2)
Trial hearings
    2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Aylesbury Crown Court Trials hearings 222 193 153 358 417
  Ineffective trial hearings 22 18 20 44 68
  Judge/magistrates availability 2 1 1 1 1
Barnstaple Crown Court Trials hearings 11 11 19 17 16
  Ineffective trial hearings 2
  Judge/magistrates availability
Barrow-in-Furness Crown Court Trials hearings 79 65 54 63 62
  Ineffective trial hearings 14 6 8 10 7
  Judge/magistrates availability
Basildon Combined Court Trials hearings 462 591 637 605 635
  Ineffective trial hearings 35 22 22 25 61
  Judge/magistrates availability 1
Birmingham Crown Court Trials hearings 1,213 1,264 1,180 1,164 1,143
  Ineffective trial hearings 90 122 95 119 95
  Judge/magistrates availability 1
Blackfriars Crown Court Trials hearings 628 775 854 852 803
  Ineffective trial hearings 103 111 145 141 147
  Judge/magistrates availability 2 1 3 3 1
Bolton Combined Court Centre Trials hearings 512 463 390 371 383
  Ineffective trial hearings 44 58 46 30 45
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 1 1 1
Bournemouth Crown Court Trials hearings 203 244 257 274 221
  Ineffective trial hearings 4 24 25 28 18
  Judge/magistrates availability 1
Bradford Combined Court Centre Trials hearings 720 796 1,020 905 721
  Ineffective trial hearings 123 115 160 119 81
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 4 4 2 4
Bristol Crown Court Trials hearings 580 597 712 708 570
  Ineffective trial hearings 83 80 150 143 89
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 2
Burnley Combined Court Centre Trials hearings 247 259 327 345 268
  Ineffective trial hearings 30 43 42 74 60
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 1 3
Caernarfon Crown Court Trials hearings 89 97 84 115 157
  Ineffective trial hearings 4 4 8 6 15
  Judge/magistrates availability 1
Cambridge Crown Court Trials hearings 246 342 331 318 355
  Ineffective trial hearings 26 50 50 42 64
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 2
Cardiff Crown Court Trials hearings 884 803 893 841 826
  Ineffective trial hearings 87 82 100 108 94
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 1 1
Carlisle Combined Court Centre Trials hearings 296 320 341 318 256
  Ineffective trial hearings 49 39 48 41 40
  Judge/magistrates availability 1
Carmarthen Crown Court Trials hearings 87 87 98 126 118
  Ineffective trial hearings 3 10 1 7 12
  Judge/magistrates availability 1
Canterbury Combined Court Centre Trials hearings 354 384 392 302 397
  Ineffective trial hearings 47 70 52 42 54
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 1 1 3 2
Central Criminal Court Trials hearings 422 714 843 696 651
  Ineffective trial hearings 79 128 172 137 141
  Judge/magistrates availability 3 4 4 4
Chelmsford Crown Court Trials hearings 321 379 388 372 285
  Ineffective trial hearings 40 35 27 30 19
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 1
Chester Crown Court Trials hearings 250 219 193 178 289
  Ineffective trial hearings 19 17 16 25 37
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 2
Chichester Combined Court Centre Trials hearings 150 195 213 191 172
  Ineffective trial hearings 11 25 32 34 44
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 2
Coventry Combined Court Centre(3) Trials hearings 192 148 158 214 170
  Ineffective trial hearings 13 10 19 26 16
  Judge/magistrates availability
Croydon Crown Court Trials hearings 826 940 988 918 1,004
  Ineffective trial hearings 114 133 138 130 158
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 1 2 1
Derby Combined Court Centre Trials hearings 448 468 509 557 412
  Ineffective trial hearings 63 57 74 83 62
  Judge/magistrates availability 5
Doncaster Crown Court Trials hearings 204 239 315 247 189
  Ineffective trial hearings 20 18 43 36 30
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 3
Durham Crown Court Trials hearings 324 347 380 321 299
  Ineffective trial hearings 45 37 62 59 43
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 1
Exeter Combined Court Centre Trials hearings 218 214 214 174 185
  Ineffective trial hearings 10 10 17 6 14
  Judge/magistrates availability 1
Gloucester Crown Court Trials hearings 173 166 180 154 164
  Ineffective trial hearings 23 23 27 18 16
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 1 1
Great Grimsby Combined Court Centre Trials hearings 236 234 236 234 195
  Ineffective trial hearings 11 6 20 10 13
  Judge/magistrates availability 1
Guildford Crown Court Trials hearings 292 469 491 457 441
  Ineffective trial hearings 42 85 97 78 86
  Judge/magistrates availability 2 1 1
Harrow Crown Court Trials hearings 706 807 810 838 758
  Ineffective trial hearings 105 107 120 123 102
  Judge/magistrates availability 3 9 4 1
Haverfordwest Crown Court Trials hearings 36 41 50 54 54
  Ineffective trial hearings 1 5 2 5 6
  Judge/magistrates availability
Inner London Crown Court Trials hearings 1,175 1,148 1,156 1,180 1,128
  Ineffective trial hearings 222 253 222 232 248
  Judge/magistrates availability 8 5 2 8 5
Ipswich Crown Court Trials hearings 251 273 347 331 255
  Ineffective trial hearings 20 23 46 31 42
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 2 3
Isle of Wight Combined Court Trials hearings 74 94 86 64 74
  Ineffective trial hearings 4 9 10 4 7
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 1 1
Isleworth Crown Court Trials hearings 700 1,062 1,329 1,532 1,325
  Ineffective trial hearings 91 174 180 231 227
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 2 3 3
Kingston-upon-Hull Combined Court Centre Trials hearings 378 397 457 475 364
  Ineffective trial hearings 30 25 50 88 44
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 2 1
Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court Trials hearings 1,041 1,040 1,445 1,084 718
  Ineffective trial hearings 141 155 210 157 71
  Judge/magistrates availability 2 2 1 1
Lancaster Crown Court Trials hearings 101 70 104 95 82
  Ineffective trial hearings 12 7 25 22 12
  Judge/magistrates availability 1
Leeds Combined Court Centre Trials hearings 1,029 1,057 1,154 1,030 1,077
  Ineffective trial hearings 122 115 123 101 138
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 2
Leicester Crown Court Trials hearings 485 503 580 720 600
  Ineffective trial hearings 77 92 122 195 131
  Judge/magistrates availability 3 2 2 7
Lewes Combined Court Centre Trials hearings 867 1,036 1,000 869 678
  Ineffective trial hearings 124 195 182 171 122
  Judge/magistrates availability 7 4 6 3 4
Lincoln Crown Court Trials hearings 198 232 241 228 281
  Ineffective trial hearings 21 31 31 40 50
  Judge/magistrates availability 1
Liverpool Crown Court Trials hearings 1,431 1,357 1,479 1,112 1,214
  Ineffective trial hearings 112 144 134 107 94
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 1 1
Luton Crown Court Trials hearings 364 395 492 533 475
  Ineffective trial hearings 32 42 71 58 86
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 2 1
Maidstone Combined Court Centre Trials hearings 479 629 686 612 548
  Ineffective trial hearings 59 96 92 112 83
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 1 2
Manchester Crown Court (Crown Square) Trials hearings 863 934 1,067 1,006 955
  Ineffective trial hearings 95 109 146 125 146
  Judge/magistrates availability 2 1 4
Manchester Crown Court (Minshull St) Trials hearings 797 831 896 922 922
  Ineffective trial hearings 76 73 99 102 119
  Judge/magistrates availability 3
Merthyr Tydfil Combined Court Centre Trials hearings 38 248 307 288 248
  Ineffective trial hearings 1 14 45 29 29
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 2
Mold Crown Court Trials hearings 367 328 319 221 228
  Ineffective trial hearings 37 25 19 24 23
  Judge/magistrates availability 2 1
Newcastle-upon-Tyne Combined Court Centre Trials hearings 1,020 1,118 983 1,014 934
  Ineffective trial hearings 126 113 132 146 132
  Judge/magistrates availability 4 2 3 1 2
Northampton Combined Court Trials hearings 239 232 275 367 398
  Ineffective trial hearings 11 9 9 28 47
  Judge/magistrates availability 1
Norwich Combined Court Centre Trials hearings 230 311 305 350 330
  Ineffective trial hearings 20 30 31 44 46
  Judge/magistrates availability 1
Nottingham Crown Court Trials hearings 485 601 531 641 608
  Ineffective trial hearings 52 74 76 97 76
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 2
Oxford Combined Court Centre Trials hearings 357 433 385 372 347
  Ineffective trial hearings 50 97 53 61 53
  Judge/magistrates availability 3 1 1
Peterborough Combined Court Centre Trials hearings 307 417 425 402 263
  Ineffective trial hearings 30 66 66 69 19
  Judge/magistrates availability 3 1 2 2
Plymouth Combined Court Trials hearings 121 157 193 215 215
  Ineffective trial hearings 13 8 20 23 17
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 1
Portsmouth Combined Court Centre Trials hearings 320 368 394 364 363
  Ineffective trial hearings 26 63 63 69 48
  Judge/magistrates availability 2 3 1 2
Preston Combined Court + Preston Crown Court (Sessions House) Trials hearings 807 824 982 1,027 861
  Ineffective trial hearings 109 144 170 187 136
  Judge/magistrates availability 2
Reading Crown Court Trials hearings 520 578 895 668 570
  Ineffective trial hearings 80 94 201 129 95
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 4 1 2
St. Albans Crown Court Trials hearings 428 474 596 559 486
  Ineffective trial hearings 63 66 99 76 71
  Judge/magistrates availability 3
Salisbury Law Courts Trials hearings 51 55 54 56 72
  Ineffective trial hearings 9 2 2 10 13
  Judge/magistrates availability
Sheffield Combined Court Centre Trials hearings 713 785 852 716 603
  Ineffective trial hearings 87 82 123 99 77
  Judge/magistrates availability 2 1 1 4
Shrewsbury Crown Court Trials hearings 106 121 136 120 111
  Ineffective trial hearings 7 12 12 7 6
  Judge/magistrates availability
Snaresbrook Crown Court Trials hearings 1,599 1,680 1,879 1,762 1,554
  Ineffective trial hearings 242 260 284 311 262
  Judge/magistrates availability 7 3 2 8 2
Southampton Combined Court Centre Trials hearings 354 371 453 375 382
  Ineffective trial hearings 34 54 56 57 54
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 1 2
Southwark Crown Court Trials hearings 799 856 981 949 672
  Ineffective trial hearings 91 85 116 110 108
  Judge/magistrates availability 1
Stafford Combined Court Centre Trials hearings 299 226 266 204 181
  Ineffective trial hearings 23 19 26 17 15
  Judge/magistrates availability 1
Stoke-on-Trent Combined Court Trials hearings 253 241 240 223 246
  Ineffective trial hearings 26 19 19 20 31
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 1 2
Swansea Crown Court Trials hearings 295 277 236 286 238
  Ineffective trial hearings 22 28 9 17 23
  Judge/magistrates availability 3
Swindon Combined Court Trials hearings 149 157 181 134 111
  Ineffective trial hearings 12 13 16 10 12
  Judge/magistrates availability 2
Taunton Crown Court Trials hearings 148 138 164 165 143
  Ineffective trial hearings 27 23 39 35 23
  Judge/magistrates availability
Teesside Combined Court Centre Trials hearings 1,088 1,001 1,016 849 756
  Ineffective trial hearings 123 124 142 111 95
  Judge/magistrates availability
Truro Crown Court Trials hearings 136 146 150 218 191
  Ineffective trial hearings 12 12 21 38 32
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 4
Warwick Combined Court Trials hearings 171 189 191 189 296
  Ineffective trial hearings 12 18 21 21 36
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 2 2
Weymouth and Dorchester Combined Court Centre Trials hearings 57 69 72 64 85
  Ineffective trial hearings 5 3 3 6 6
  Judge/magistrates availability
Winchester Combined Court Centre Trials hearings 267 253 356 337 318
  Ineffective trial hearings 24 25 41 64 55
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 1 2 4
Wolverhampton Combined Court Centre Trials hearings 492 532 606 581 598
  Ineffective trial hearings 33 44 67 44 58
  Judge/magistrates availability 1 2
Wood Green Crown Court Trials hearings 777 863 925 857 843
  Ineffective trial hearings 53 62 55 49 43
  Judge/magistrates availability
Woolwich Crown Court Trials hearings 611 675 975 997 1,176
  Ineffective trial hearings 58 77 202 222 149
  Judge/magistrates availability 3 5
Worcester Combined Court Trials hearings 246 289 380 398 381
  Ineffective trial hearings 14 23 40 51 38
  Judge/magistrates availability 2 2 1
York Crown Court Trials hearings 271 320 329 364 312
  Ineffective trial hearings 37 45 62 87 53
  Judge/magistrates availability 2 1
             
England and Wales Trials hearings 35,985 39,262 43,261 41,412 38,432
  Ineffective trial hearings 4,169 4,926 5,921 5,923 5,338
  Judge/magistrates availability 67 66 76 84 96
‘—’ = Nil (1) A trial that does not go ahead on the scheduled trial date due to action or inaction by one or more of the prosecution, the defence or the court and a further listing for trial is required. (2) Latest data available annual totals as published in Court Statistics Quarterly on 20th June 2013. (3) Coventry Crown court (from January 2012) is no longer a full time hearing venue, with cases heard at other venues, e.g. Warwick. Source: Criminal Court Statistics, Justice Statistics Analytical Services
Table 2: Average time from offence to completion in weeks(1), by Crown court, England and Wales, January 2011 to March 2013(2,3,4,5)
Defendants and weeks
    2011 2012 2013
Crown court Outcome Jan to Mar Apr to Jun Jul to Sep Oct to Dec Jan to Mar Apr to Jun Jul to Sep Oct to Dec Jan to Mar
Aylesbury Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 165 182 219 250 267 238 166 148 172
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 46 42 40 38 49 45 46 41 34
Basildon Combined Court + Southend Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 474 443 459 408 404 419 371 347 411
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 47 41 42 48 46 41 40 40 38
Birmingham Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 739 681 897 864 715 749 742 770 839
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 48 44 45 38 43 44 42 38 45
Blackfriars Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 497 427 450 415 433 364 377 373 358
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 44 42 51 45 54 55 41 52 48
Bolton Combined Court Centre Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 423 349 405 335 342 338 301 247 245
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 44 42 41 40 48 39 45 42 46
Bournemouth Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 204 142 177 131 127 127 125 109 105
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 56 48 45 44 49 48 63 41 45
Bradford Combined Court Centre Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 641 632 608 633 530 474 491 442 480
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 49 51 50 46 44 45 48 43 47
Bristol Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 554 481 487 499 477 476 455 537 419
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 46 50 51 46 44 54 42 42 43
Burnley Combined Court Centre Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 264 252 261 203 201 186 195 213 196
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 51 39 43 46 46 47 40 44 44
Cambridge Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 202 186 211 191 183 171 223 186 167
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 56 43 44 39 43 46 48 47 45
Canterbury Combined Court Centre Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 268 241 279 237 239 246 217 211 256
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 49 51 39 42 55 47 50 46 43
Cardiff Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 747 683 595 687 590 566 639 645 646
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 39 38 39 40 41 44 42 34 42
Carlisle Combined Court Centre Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 235 229 256 221 207 182 149 163 173
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 43 35 38 39 42 36 34 34 32
                     
Central Criminal Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 272 248 294 241 215 205 231 241 217
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 56 56 63 66 62 62 61 62 51
Chelmsford Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 392 327 324 319 342 263 266 221 276
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 43 42 39 41 47 42 46 45 44
Chester Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 344 311 243 246 270 312 282 280 297
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 45 35 37 41 48 42 42 44 41
Chichester Combined Court Centre Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 102 92 125 66 95 82 64 71 70
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 50 47 53 56 52 49 47 55 53
Coventry Combined Court Centre(6) Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 157 155 169 187
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 44 48 41 32
Croydon Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 421 424 409 433 433 426 413 447 428
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 52 45 56 51 45 54 46 41 40
Derby Combined Court Centre Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 502 402 382 441 371 380 354 301 330
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 45 45 42 42 43 42 36 40 37
Doncaster Crown Court(6) Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 239 165 185 176 142 183 175 58 6
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 45 47 37 37 43 31 34 48 29
Durham Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 234 200 239 229 190 210 190 198 185
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 34 34 34 36 41 40 34 38 38
Exeter Combined Court Centre Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 239 226 192 174 140 182 176 159 154
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 46 50 41 55 55 58 57 47 59
Gloucester Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 168 144 162 151 152 149 140 158 154
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 51 39 45 42 44 41 44 50 48
Great Grimsby Combined Court Centre Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 215 203 188 196 188 150 146 153 186
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 39 40 39 38 46 45 35 41 32
Guildford Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 264 282 278 272 239 254 289 235 242
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 49 46 49 46 48 42 47 42 48
Harrow Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 425 439 432 443 451 358 377 369 289
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 39 45 41 41 41 44 40 40 48
Inner London Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 532 436 516 567 482 421 426 372 311
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 58 53 47 34 41 45 43 50 52
Ipswich Crown Court + Bury St Edmunds Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 286 245 230 209 175 163 259 220 226
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 44 49 46 46 53 44 38 43 43
Isle of Wight Combined Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 67 60 68 65 48 68 61 36 58
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 32 55 43 42 44 43 38 37 29
Isleworth Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 788 772 790 684 589 630 542 527 593
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 40 40 40 37 42 39 41 38 37
Kingston-upon-Hull Combined Court Centre Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 309 288 430 347 281 351 296 286 287
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 40 37 35 42 45 42 39 39 36
Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 582 489 525 367 383 249 282 271 329
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 49 40 36 49 48 53 56 53 49
Leeds Combined Court Centre Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 865 712 796 780 804 783 841 844 915
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 45 42 47 47 45 42 43 41 40
Leicester Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 443 443 407 409 365 396 400 367 333
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 49 49 54 51 51 51 43 54 53
Lewes Combined Court Centre Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 537 429 455 395 367 395 385 302 371
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 48 45 46 42 47 45 43 48 42
Lincoln Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 186 170 173 183 160 213 197 223 181
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 55 50 48 44 53 55 47 55 55
Liverpool Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 1,162 881 873 908 820 862 937 839 801
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 48 41 42 44 47 48 45 45 42
Luton Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 322 255 285 237 262 240 240 205 196
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 42 53 51 44 44 46 57 48 53
Maidstone Combined Court Centre Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 410 357 387 292 304 352 249 296 270
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 55 62 51 51 52 46 52 45 51
Manchester Crown Court (Crown Square) Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 765 630 701 557 522 595 612 595 624
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 48 46 45 46 51 48 41 42 48
Manchester Crown Court (Minshull St) Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 842 757 696 672 590 606 500 531 491
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 50 46 44 48 46 48 43 44 39
Merthyr Tydfil Combined Court Centre Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 228 192 170 191 185 189 198 201 167
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 35 33 27 37 33 35 30 29 28
Mold Crown Court + Welshpool Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 214 329 232 232 245 264 279 235 171
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 41 37 39 39 44 40 42 44 42
Newcastle-upon-Tyne Combined Court Centre Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 882 770 766 761 673 647 606 689 663
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 41 39 39 47 43 44 47 44 41
Northampton Combined Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 288 283 285 343 248 273 256 282 262
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 48 53 54 47 52 46 49 50 43
Norwich Combined Court Centre + King's Lynn Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 341 279 309 333 241 261 252 217 216
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 37 39 36 38 40 50 33 49 39
Nottingham Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 755 618 630 596 613 638 659 567 558
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 40 43 38 38 41 40 39 38 40
Oxford Combined Court Centre Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 187 176 201 175 188 161 189 189 235
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 51 53 45 47 63 49 48 44 53
Peterborough Combined Court Centre Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 270 263 264 259 233 154 163 193 163
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 41 37 41 41 39 37 37 39 44
Plymouth Combined Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 182 159 160 116 146 140 132 161 101
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 46 52 52 54 52 62 48 57 51
Portsmouth Combined Court Centre Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 249 205 230 183 193 196 208 191 153
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 57 50 47 48 50 55 47 46 44
Preston Combined Court + Preston Crown Court (Sessions House) Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 881 827 787 776 765 758 688 662 650
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 41 42 41 42 45 43 44 40 42
Reading Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 297 305 284 275 294 239 242 286 234
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 53 49 57 50 48 50 51 48 51
Salisbury Law Courts Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 43 24 29 23 23 28 46 33 31
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 43 75 46 67 87 66 79 78 46
Sheffield Combined Court Centre Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 591 508 560 550 466 474 469 581 663
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 35 36 34 33 33 35 39 35 38
Shrewsbury Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 127 99 111 135 120 117 86 83 108
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 44 42 50 48 42 48 36 58 44
Snaresbrook Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 905 733 826 693 697 685 637 663 618
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 45 42 47 41 48 46 42 49 45
Southampton Combined Court Centre Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 233 238 249 226 209 233 223 193 226
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 50 45 43 49 54 46 45 51 39
Southwark Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 496 448 415 431 409 346 296 323 305
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 68 64 64 55 53 71 60 59 60
St. Albans Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 322 298 354 291 280 309 292 333 304
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 50 47 50 52 52 50 48 49 44
Stafford Combined Court Centre Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 239 208 195 229 186 170 163 178 189
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 57 46 47 48 50 71 48 46 46
Stoke-on-Trent Combined Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 228 201 197 217 213 214 197 214 157
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 45 41 43 40 60 57 41 41 34
Swansea Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 386 272 351 354 247 285 291 344 342
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 41 40 41 42 51 45 45 40 46
Swindon Combined Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 94 107 133 112 91 99 99 95 106
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 47 42 41 55 40 46 53 68 45
Taunton Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 107 111 142 113 101 95 128 112 123
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 59 46 42 52 53 32 37 50 42
Teesside Combined Court Centre Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 501 448 516 465 485 491 361 369 429
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 42 45 41 43 45 42 40 38 39
Truro Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 157 154 166 170 131 162 111 119 120
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 56 57 52 50 60 50 44 60 44
Warwick Combined Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 236 153 208 175 198 250 236 265 282
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 42 49 42 57 48 46 58 43 45
Weymouth and Dorchester Combined Court Centre Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 37 41 34 47 37 56 49 47 41
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 41 49 35 57 62 61 44 55 56
Winchester Combined Court Centre Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 237 210 226 235 220 236 199 202 192
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 54 51 44 47 45 50 42 54 45
Wolverhampton Combined Court Centre Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 595 499 555 454 478 417 497 460 480
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 45 43 45 37 48 43 41 41 42
Wood Green Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 492 434 524 572 476 462 510 493 434
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 39 36 34 28 42 41 37 46 43
Woolwich Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 318 375 388 544 531 506 520 457 411
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 45 39 37 38 44 42 38 41 43
Worcester Combined Court + Hereford Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 183 151 154 122 140 139 160 151 165
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 61 65 47 56 50 58 45 44 51
York Crown Court Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 260 222 270 232 213 244 243 202 210
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 43 50 48 41 43 41 41 46 46
                     
England and Wales Defendants in linked dataset with cases completing in the quarter 29,044 25,810 27,179 25,950 24,216 24,120 23,625 23,012 22,796
  Average time from offence to overall completion (wks) 46 44 44 43 46 46 44 44 43
‘—’ = Nil (1) Completed cases are where a final decision has been reached—this includes both acquittals and sentences following guilty findings. (2) Excludes breaches and cases with an offence to completion time greater than 10 years. (3) Statistics are sourced from the CREST linked court data and included around 95% of completed cases. (4) Only one offence is counted for each defendant in the case. If two or more cases complete on the same day, the case with the longest duration is included. (5) Included all criminal cases which have received a verdict and concluded in the specified time period, in the Crown court. (6) Coventry (from January 2012) and Doncaster (from January 2013) Crown court centres are no longer full-time hearing venues, with cases heard at other venues, e.g. Warwick and Sheffield. Source: Criminal Court Statistics, Justice Statistics Analytical Services

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