Homicide: Trials

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 24 May 2023.

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Photo of Ellie Reeves Ellie Reeves Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many murder trials have been delayed since 2010.

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

We have interpreted your request as being for ineffective trials, which is where the trial does not commence on the due date and requires rescheduling. This could be due to a variety of reasons, such as the absence of a defendant or a witness or adjournment requests from either the prosecution or defence.

Ineffective trial volumes for murder offences at the Crown Court from 2014 to 2022 can be found in the attached table. Information on ineffective trials broken down by offence are not available prior to 2014.

The number of ineffective trial volumes for murder offences significantly increased in 2022, this was primarily due to the Criminal Bar Association action between April and September 2022.

Volume of ineffective trials at the Crown Court (xlsx, 15.3KB)

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