Sexual Offences

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 8th December 2020.

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Photo of Alex Davies-Jones Alex Davies-Jones Labour, Pontypridd

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of outstanding (a) rape and (b) sexual offences court cases in (a) England and (b) Wales in each year since 2015.

Photo of Alex Davies-Jones Alex Davies-Jones Labour, Pontypridd

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of outstanding (a) rape and (b) sexual offences court cases waiting more than two years for an outcome in (a) England and (b) Wales.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The number of outstanding rape and sexual offences court cases at the Crown Court in England and Wales each year since 2015 are presented in the table below:

Offence

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Sexual Offences

England

6,368

5,898

4,983

2,829

3,167

Wales

308

257

268

160

217

Rape

England

2,605

2,443

2,023

970

1,057

Wales

117

107

89

58

57

The number of defendants dealt with in completed cases for sexual offences and rape that spend over two years between first listing at the magistrates’ courts to completion in England and Wales each year since 2015 are as follows:

Offence

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Sexual Offences

England

83

108

151

153

125

Wales

2

10

0

3

3

Rape

England

40

42

59

50

50

Wales

1

3

0

1

1

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