Trials: Females

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 13th July 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Corston Baroness Corston Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many women have appeared as defendants before (1) judges, and (2) magistrates, in the last five years for which figures are available.

Photo of Lord Keen of Elie Lord Keen of Elie The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Ministry of Justice)

The Ministry of Justice does not hold the data for how many women have appeared as defendants before judges or magistrates, but the department does hold data on how many women were proceeded against at Magistrates Courts and Crown Courts. This data is set out in the table below.

Table 1: Number of female defendants dealt with at magistrates' court and Crown Court, 2013 to 2017 (a)(b)(c)





Number of prosecutions at magistrates' court (d)





Number dealt with at Crown Court (e)(f)





Source: Ministry of Justice Court Proceedings Database

(a) Defendants committed for trial or sentencing from the magistrates' to the Crown Court and dealt with within the same year will be counted twice.

(b) If an individual is proceeded against on separate occasions within a year they will be counted twice.

(c) A defendant who is committed from magistrates’ courts to the Crown Court may not have both courts' processes complete within the same year, in which case they would be counted for each stage in the year that the court where it took place completed. Defendants who appear before both courts may also be convicted at the Crown Court for a different offence to that for which they are counted as having been originally proceeded against at magistrates’ court, where the offence is changed after committal.

(d) The proportion of defendants who appear in person before a Magistrate is unknown, as some cases can be dealt with dealt with remotely such as Single Justice Procedure cases.

(e) Includes total for trial at Crown Court and Convicted at magistrates' courts (committed for sentencing).

(f) Figures for defendants dealt with at the Crown Court include individuals who were not tried.

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