Judges: Crown Courts

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 10th July 2019.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of judges available to conduct criminal cases in crown courts.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Last year Crown Court trial waiting times were at their lowest since 2014, with this year’s allocation of sitting days reflecting this.

We estimate that we need around 82,300 sitting days in the Crown Court in England and Wales in the financial year 2019/20 and have the judges needed to deliver this level of sitting.

This estimate is based on how much resource is required to deal with the number of cases expected to be received in 2019/20 and reflects falling demand in the Crown Court. We will continue to review demand and performance in the Crown Court and will ensure it has the resources it requires.

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