Forced Marriage: Prosecutions

Attorney General written question – answered on 3rd August 2020.

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Photo of The Bishop of St Albans The Bishop of St Albans Bishop

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prosecutions were initiated in relation to forced marriage in (1) 2014, (2) 2015, (3) 2016, (4) 2017, (5) 2018, and (5) 2019; and how many such prosecutions were successful in each year.

Photo of Lord Keen of Elie Lord Keen of Elie The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Ministry of Justice)

From 2014 to date, CPS data for the number of cases prosecuted and the outcomes is:

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

Convictions

29

32

32

37

7

6

Non-Convictions

17

21

12

13

5

2

Total

46

53

44

50

12

8

Between 2014 – 15 and 2017 – 18, this data included cases that included the forced marriage flag on the CPS’s case management system as well as cases charged as forced marriage. In 2018 – 19, the CPS conducted quality assurance checks on the guidance for applying the forced marriage flag. The data for that year does not include flagged cases but only cases charged as a forced marriage offence. The most recent data (2019 – 20) includes flagged cases but reflects the updated guidance on applying the flag which has resulted in improved accuracy.

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