The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) maintains a central record of the outcomes of prosecutions, on a defendant basis, at magistrates’ courts and at the Crown Court. Cases adjourned for trial, or contested proceedings, comprise convictions after trial and acquittals or dismissals after trial.
The table below shows the proportion of contested proceedings resulting in a conviction after trial, at magistrates’ courts and at the Crown Court for each of the last five years.
Conviction after Contest Rate
(a) Magistrates' Court
(b) Crown Court
Data Source: CPS Management Information System
The figures in the table above are inclusive of cases where a defendant has entered mixed guilty and not guilty pleas. These pleas are not acceptable to the Crown and the case proceeds to trial.