Courts: Costs

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average cost is of an either way offence case dealt with at the (a) Crown Court and (b) magistrates' court where a guilty plea was entered.

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

There are a number of different ways costs of cases can be estimated, depending on how indirect costs are apportioned, resulting in range of cost estimates for these cases. The latest period for which data is available is 2012-13 (up-rated to 2014-15 prices). The costs include judiciary, staff, estates and overhead costs. a) A guilty plea entered on the day of a trial at the Crown court would result in a cracked trial. The cost of a cracked trial in the Crown court is estimated to be between £1,200 and £2,000 (to the nearest £100). b) The cost of an either way guilty plea entered at the Magistrates Court is estimated to be between £210 and £270 (to the nearest £10).

HM Courts & Tribunals Service does not record this data on a routine basis. The 2012-13 data was extracted as part of the implementation work on the Criminal Court Charge. A review of the Criminal Court Charge will be completed later in 2015-16 and we anticipate more up to date data will be collected and made available, if requested, at that point.

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