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Crown Courts: Staff

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 3rd November 2014.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many witness care staff were employed at each Crown court in each year since 2010.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice provides grant funding to Victim Support to help witnesses at both the Crown Court and magistrates’ courts in England and Wales. The service provides information, emotional and practical support to witnesses who are attending court to give evidence. This is a vital part of our commitment to victims and witnesses.

The Ministry of Justice does not routinely collect data on the number of staff deployed to each court by Victim Support. Victim Support has provided the following breakdown of staff deployed at each Crown Court location for each year since 2010 and includes Victim Support’s assessment of their Full Time Equivalent apportionment. Some staff are deployed full-time at the Crown Court, while others provide support at Crown Court alongside some apportionment of their time for other local witness and victim services. Approximately 200,000 witnesses received support from the court-based Witness Service in 2013-14. The number of Victim Support staff deployed to each court has remained broadly consistent over the last four years.

In addition to the court-based Witness Service, victims and witnesses also receive support from Witness Care Units (jointly staffed by the police and the Crown Prosecution Service). Witness Care Units staff are not specifically employed at Crown Court locations but provide support and information for victims and witnesses through the criminal justice system.

Annex A

Crown Court Name

Staff numbers 2010

Staff numbers 2011

Staff numbers 2012

Staff numbers 2013

Staff numbers 2014

Birmingham CC

4

3

2.5

2.5

2.5

Caernarfon CC & Dolgellau CC

1.25

1.25

1.25

1.25

1.25

Cardiff CC

1

1.5

1.5

1.25

1.25

Carmarthen Combined Court

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

Coventry CC

3

2

1

1

1

Derby Combined Courts

1

1

1

1

1

Hereford CC

1

1

0.5

0.5

0.5

Leamington CC

1

1

1

1.25

1.25

Leicester CC

1

1

1

1

1

Lincoln CC

1

1

1

1

1

Merthyr CC

1

1

1

1

1

Mold CC

0.75

0.75

0.75

0.75

0.75

Newport CC

0.75

0.75

0.75

0.75

0.75

Northampton CC

1

1

1

1

1

Nottingham CC

1.5

1.25

1.25

1.5

1.5

Shrewsbury CC

1

1

0.5

0.5

0.5

Stafford CC

1

1

1

1

1

Stoke-on-Trent Combined Court

1

1

0.8

0.8

0.8

Swansea CC

1

1.25

1.25

1.25

1.25

Wolverhampton CC

3

2

1

1

1

Worcester CC

1

1

1

1

1

Blackfriars CC

1

1

1

1

1

Central CC

2

2

2

2

2

Croydon CC

1

1

1

1

1

Harrow CC

1

1

1

1

1

Inner London CC

2

1

1

1

1

Isleworth CC

1

1

1

1

1

Kingston CC

1

1

1

1

1

Snaresbrook CC

2

2

2

2

2

Southwark CC

1

1

1

1

1

Wood Green CC

1

1

1

1

1

Woolwich CC

1

1

1

1

1

Bolton Combined Court

2

1.4

1.4

1.4

1.4

Bradford CC

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.4

1.4

Burnley CC

0.53

0.53

0.53

0.53

0.53

Carlisle CC

1

1

1

1

1

Chester CC

1

1

1

1

1

Doncaster CC

0.75

0.75

0.75

0.75

0.75

Durham CC

3

2

2

2

2

Grimsby CC

1

1

1

1

2

Hull CC

1

1

1

1

2

Leeds CC

1.9

1.9

1.5

1.5

1.5

Liverpool CC

3.6

2.45

2.45

2.45

2.4

Minshull St CC

2.4

1.8

1.8

1.8

1.8

Newcastle CC

2

2

2

2

2

Preston CC

2

2

2

2

1.75

Sheffield CC

2

2

2

2

2

Teesside CC

2

2

2

2

2

Manchester Crown Square

2.4

1.8

1.8

1.8

1.8

Warrington CC

1

1

1

1

1

York CC

1

1

1

1

2

Lancaster CC - SDM also ran Lancaster MCWS

0.48

0.48

0.48

0.48

0.48

Amersham CC

0.59

0.59

0.59

0.59

0.45

Aylesbury CC

0.48

0.59

0.59

0.59

0.45

Basildon CC

1

1

1

1

1

Bournemouth CC

0.7

0.7

0.7

0.7

0.7

Bristol CC

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.5

1

Cambridge CC

0.75

0.75

0.5

0.4

0.4

Canterbury CC

1

1

1

1

1

Chelmsford CC

1

0.8

1

1

1

Chichester Combined Court

0.53

0.42

0.4

0.4

0.5

Dorchester Crown

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

Exeter CC

1

1

1

1

1

Gloucester CC

0.67

0.67

0.67

0.8

0.8

IOW Combined Courts

1

1

0.5

0.5

0.5

Ipswich CC

1

1

1

1

1

Lewes and Hove Combined Courts

2.5

2.2

2

2

2

Luton CC

0.5

0.5

0.5

1

1

Maidstone CC

1

1

1

1

1

Norwich CC

1

1

1

1

1

Oxford Combined Court Centre

1.2

1.2

1.2

1.2

1.2

Peterborough CC

0.44

0.44

0.44

0.5

0.5

Plymouth CC

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.8

Portsmouth CC

1.5

1.5

1.5

2

2

Reading CC

1.6

1.6

1.66

1.66

1.66

Salisbury Combined Court

0.21

0.24

0.24

0.24

0.24

Southampton CC

2.3

2.3

2.3

2.3

1.3

St Albans CC

1

1

0.8

0.8

0.8

Swindon Combined Court

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

Taunton CC

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.5

2

Truro CC

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.8

Winchester CC

1.6

1.6

1.6

1.6

1.6

Southend Combined Court

1

1

1

1

0.6

Guildford CC

1

1

1

1

1

Knutsford CC

0.25

0.25

0*

0*

0*[1]

[1] Due to reduced workload across Cheshire, this two-courtroom venue has not been used for hearings since May 2010

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