Domestic Violence: Prosecutions

Attorney General written question – answered at on 14 December 2017.

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Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Labour, Kingston upon Hull North

To ask the Attorney General, for what reasons the number of offences recorded for 2016-17 in the Answer of 28 November 2017 to Question 112584 differ from the number of summary convictions recorded in 2016 in the Answer of 13 November 2017 to Question 112585.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Attorney-General

This question relates to the differences in recording of data under section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015.

The data reported by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in the answer to Question 112584 differs from that provided by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in the response to Question 112585 in that:

  • CPS data is for the financial year; MoJ data for the calendar year.

  • CPS data includes all offences which have been commenced and have reached a first hearing in Magistrates’ Courts. A defendant may be charged with more than one offence. No central record is kept as to the outcome of the proceedings under s76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015.

  • In contrast, MoJ record the outcome of the proceedings by defendant and for whom this offence was the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed.

  • MoJ data covers cases completed in Magistrates’ Court in 2016, and therefore includes both completed and live cases in the Crown Court.

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