To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2 August 2019 to Question 277304 on Bradford Crown Court, for what reason the number of days from first listing to trial date increased; and what steps his Department is taking to reduce that number.
The number of cases listed for trial at Bradford Crown Court has remained relatively static over the last five years. However, the number of more serious cases received by Bradford Crown Court in the same period have increased. These types of cases, by the very nature of their seriousness, generally take more court time to deal with.
In the last five years Bradford has also seen a substantial increase in the number of appeals that it receives, as Bradford Magistrates’ Court deals with all the road traffic work from across West Yorkshire and therefore any appeals that arise from those cases go through Bradford Crown Court.
In order to reduce the delays, work is being done in liaison with partner agencies to review trial cases at an early stage and floating trials are being monitored to ensure all action is being taken to start the trial on the day. Workload and sitting days continue to be closely monitored.