Administration of Justice

Ministry of Justice written question – answered at on 14 March 2024.

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Photo of Wayne David Wayne David Shadow Minister (Middle East and North Africa)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made an estimate of the average number of single justice procedure cases magistrates presided over per day in the last 12 months.

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

There were 251 distinct days in which Single Justice Procedure (SJP) cases were heard in a magistrates’ court between October 2022 and September 2023.

The latest published data on completed SJP cases is available to September 2023 and can be found in Table T1 which is accessible at the following link: Criminal court statistics quarterly: July to September 2023 - GOV.UK (

Based on this information, the average number of SJP cases completed per working day is 3,151. This excludes weekends and the 9 public holidays.

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