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Crown Courts (Trial Delays)

Volume 86: debated on Wednesday 13 November 1985

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asked the Attorney-General how long, on average, defendants spend in custody awaiting trial at the Crown Court (a) nationally and (b) in London and the south-east.

The average waiting time during 1984 between committal from the magistrates' court and start of Crown Court hearing for defendants committed in custody was 10·1 weeks in England and Wales overall, 16·5 weeks in London, and 11·5 weeks in the remainder of the south eastern circuit.