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Court Decisions (Successful Appeals)

Volume 393: debated on Thursday 4 November 1943

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40.

asked the Home Secretary the number of successful appeals in any recent year against decisions of lay magistrates, stipendiary magistrates and judges, respectively?

The Criminal Statistics do not distinguish in the figure of appeals to quarter sessions between the decisions of stipendiary and lay magistrates. The latest year for which the statistics are readily available is 1938 and in that year 939 out of 778,870 persons found guilty by magistrates' courts appealed to quarter sessions. In 184 cases the conviction was quashed and in 270 the sentence was varied. In the same year out of 8,612 persons found guilty at assizes and quarter sessions 587 applied to the Court of Criminal Appeal and in 34 cases the conviction was quashed and in 43 the sentence was varied.