Prosecutions: Wales

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 6th November 2018.

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Photo of Liz Saville-Roberts Liz Saville-Roberts Shadow PC Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Women and Equalities) , Plaid Cymru Westminster Leader, Shadow PC Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of successfully prosecuted cases for (i) violence against a person or persons, (ii) sexual offences, (iii) robbery, (iv) theft offences, (v) criminal damage and arson, (vi) drug offences, (vii) possession of a weapon or weapons, (viii) public order offences, (ix) miscellaneous crimes against society, (x) fraud offences, (xi) summary offences involving motoring, (xii) summary offences not involving motoring and (xiii) indictable offences in Wales in each year from 2013 to 2017.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Holding answer received on 31 October 2018

Information requested can be found at the following published data tools from the Criminal Justice Statistics: December 2017 report (published May 2018):

Court Outcomes by Police Force Area

Out of Court Disposals

Remands: Magistrates’ Court

Remands: Crown Court

To limit the data to Wales in all of the above tools, select Welsh Police forces from the ‘Police Force Area’ filter.

For prosecutions, convictions and conviction ratios by court, age, offence group, offence type and ethnicity use the Court Outcomes by Police Force Area data tool.

  • Prosecutions: select ‘Magistrates’ court’ from the ‘Court Type’ filter. All cases are first heard at Magistrates Court and more serious cases are sent for trial or sentencing at Crown Court.
  • Convictions: use the ‘Convicted/Not Convicted’ field to filter the data
  • Conviction ratio: calculated as the number of defendants convicted (at all courts) divided by the number of defendants proceeded against (at magistrates’ court) within a given year.

Cautioning rates can be calculated using the Cautions pivot table in the Out of Courts Disposals data tool, which has a field to filter for ‘Offence group’.

Remand rates by age, sex, ethnicity and custodial sentence can be calculated using the Remands: Magistrates’ Court and Remands: Crown Court data tools.

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