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Criminal court quarterly statistics

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16 July 2021
Criminal court quarterly statistics

The Ministry of Justice has published the quarterly criminal court statistics for England and Wales for the period January to March 2021. The statistics show that:

  • Criminal cases receipts at the magistrates’ courts continued to rise while disposals fell. Outstanding cases increased by 3 per cent on the previous quarter, representing a 21 per cent increase compared to the previous year.
  • The volume of outstanding cases at the Crown Court continued to rise, and are up 4 per cent compared with the previous quarter and 45 per cent compared to the previous year. 21 per cent of those cases have been outstanding for a year or more, an increase of 7 per cent on the previous year.
  • Timeliness from offence to completion for defendants increased at the magistrates’ court by 14 per cent compared to the previous year, from a median of 175 days to 200 days. At the Crown Court, the time from receipt to completion increased by 23 per cent, from a median of 96 days to 118 days.
  • Total financial impositions remain have increased since the second quarter of 2020, from £54m to £114m. The majority of this is largely due to increases in fines, the value of which has doubled. However, they remain 30 per cent lower than the first quarter of 2020.

The full statistical bulletin can be found here.

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