Crown Prosecution Service: Cheshire and Merseyside

Attorney General written question – answered on 7th February 2019.

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Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Labour, Garston and Halewood

To ask the Attorney General, what the caseload of Merseyside-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service has been in each year from 2010 to 2018.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Labour, Garston and Halewood

To ask the Attorney General, how many successful prosecutions have been achieved in the Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service area for each year from 2010 to 2018.

Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Solicitor-General

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) maintains a central record of the volumes of completed prosecutions, or caseload, by outcome as a count of the number of defendants and collates the data collected in financial years.

The table below shows the number of finalised prosecutions and convictions in the Merseyside and Cheshire CPS Area during each year from 2010-11 to 2017-18.

Convictions

Non-Convictions

Total Prosecutions

Volume

%

Volume

%

2010-2011

39,902

84.4%

7,402

15.6%

47,304

2011-2012

35,074

86.4%

5,537

13.6%

40,611

2012-2013

31,528

87.9%

4,322

12.1%

35,850

2013-2014

31,971

88.8%

4,017

11.2%

35,988

2014-2015

28,129

87.2%

4,123

12.8%

32,252

2015-2016

26,017

87.3%

3,801

12.7%

29,818

2016-2017

26,545

87.7%

3,720

12.3%

30,265

2017-2018

25,037

86.6%

3,875

13.4%

28,912

Data Source: CPS Management Information System

While the volume of prosecutions in the Area have fallen by 39% during the 8 year period, it is important to be aware that the types of cases prosecuted by Merseyside and Cheshire CPS have changed significantly in the period between 2010 and 2018. The Area is prosecuting more serious and complex cases as evidenced by a 21% increase in homicide, a 23% increase in offences against the person and a 62% increase in sexual offences cases. During this period, minor motoring cases have fallen by 52% in the Area. This followed changes to the list of specified offences made in 2012 which transferred responsibility for prosecuting many low level motoring offences back to the police.

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