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Witnesses

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 28th October 2019.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many witnesses have received support from the court-based witness service in each year since 2010.

Photo of Wendy Morton Wendy Morton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

This Government is committed to ensuring that both prosecution and defence witnesses receive timely and effective emotional and practical support to help them give their best evidence in criminal courts in England and Wales.

The number of witnesses who have received support from the Ministry of Justice grant funded court based Witness Service since 2010 (data available pre-2013 is rounded data) as reported by the provider is set out in the table below.:

Year

Number of witnesses supported

Provider

2010/11

268,000

Victim Support

2011/12

240,000

Victim Support

2012/13

204,000

Victim Support

2013/14

198,872

Victim Support

2014/15

193,048

Victim Support

2015/16

178,320

Citizens Advice

2016/17

156,407

Citizens Advice

2017/18

148,592

Citizens Advice

2018/19

125,124

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