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Trials (Waiting Times)

Volume 79: debated on Wednesday 22 May 1985

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asked the Attorney-General, how many cases are currently awaiting trial in (a) the Court of Appeal, and (b) the Divisional court; and how these figures compare with each of the past five years.

In the Court of Appeal Criminal Division, as at 30 April 2,536 persons had applications for leave to appeal or appeals before the court: of these 617 were awaiting a full court hearing. Corresponding figures for the end of each of the previous five years are as follows:

Persons whose applications for leave to appeal or appeals were before courtAwaiting full court hearing (1)
end 19802,531834
end 19812,414914
end 19822,516815
end 19833,3331,136
end 19842,545712

Note: (1) These figures are included in the first column.

In the Court of Appeal Civil Division the numbr of appeals outstanding at the end of April 1985 was 941. Corresponding figures, where available, for the end of previous years are as follows:

Appeals outstanding at the end of year shown

1980834
1981Not available
1982Not available
1983902
1984873

In the Divisional court of the Queen's Bench Division the total number of cases outstanding at the end of April 1985 was 1,201. Corresponding figures for the end of the previous five years are as follows:

Cases outstanding at end of year shown

1980242
1981246
1982696
19831,219
19841,681