Courts: Administrative Delays

Ministry of Justice written question – answered at on 20 January 2020.

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Photo of Yasmin Qureshi Yasmin Qureshi Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many adjournments took place in (a) Crown courts and (b) Magistrates' courts in each month of 2019.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice, Minister of State (London)

The number of adjourned cases in the magistrates’ and Crown Court fluctuates from month to month and is dependent upon the volume and type of cases received and the plea entered.

The information requested about the number of cases which have been adjourned in (a) Crown courts and Magistrates’ courts in each month of 2019 can be found in the table below

Cases Adjourned January to September 2019

Magistrates

Crown

Jan-19

53,725

13,542

Feb-19

46,461

12,486

Mar-19

48,943

13,402

Apr-19

48,887

13,223

May-19

51,178

14,010

Jun-19

47,845

12,593

Jul-19

55,025

14,161

Aug-19

50,499

12,910

Sep-19

49,827

13,189

Cases can be adjourned for a number of reasons including when counsel request more time to prepare their case or when more information is required ahead of sentencing.

Notes:

Data are taken from a live management information system and can change over time

Data are management information and are not subject to the same level of checks as official statistics

The data provided is the most recent available and for that reason might differ slightly from any previously published information

Magistrates: The data provided is a count of Criminal Cases Heard, rather than Defendants, where the following Libra Result Code Sets were present: ADJ, ADJAREM, ADJR, ADJSD, ADJYREM, RCB, REMITA, REMITY, RIC, ROC, ROREC, RUB, SUMRTH, SUMRTO

Therefore, the data supplied includes cases which were Adjourned, Remanded in Custody/On Bail or Remitted for a further hearing as well as cases originally listed under the Single Justice Procedure which were subsequently adjourned for a Summons to be issued for a Court Hearing (SUMRTH & SUMRTO).

The data is in line with PQ 4971 & 7111, although the data has been refreshed

Crown: A hearing has been counted as adjourned where the data field IS_ADJOURNED has been marked 'Y'. If a case involves more than one defendant and only one has their case adjourned then it has been counted in the above figures. DATA in line with PQ 4971& 7111, although the data has been refreshed.

For both the Magistrates' and Crown Court, if a case is adjourned in different months then each adjournment is counted once for each month.

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