Central Criminal Court

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 26 April 2023.

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Photo of Marsha de Cordova Marsha de Cordova Labour, Battersea

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many sentencing hearings at the Old Bailey were rescheduled because a holding cell was not available in the year ending 31 March 2023; and whether his Department is taking steps to ensure future sentencing hearings at the Old Bailey are not rescheduled for that reason.

Photo of Mike Freer Mike Freer Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

No sentencing hearings at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) were rescheduled due to a lack of holding cell availability in the financial year ending 31 March 2023. We do not expect this to be a reason for rescheduling sentencing hearings in future either. We continue to work with our external partners to ensure pressures across the criminal justice system are managed appropriately and to deliver justice for the public.

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