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Trials (Committal Times)

Volume 118: debated on Monday 29 June 1987

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asked the Attorney-General what was the average length of time between committal and trial in 1975, 1976, 1979, 1985 and 1986 respectively.

The average waiting time between date of committal from the magistrates court and start of trial in the Crown court in England and Wales was:

weeks
19759·9
197611·0
197917·6
198514·0
198614·1
Despite an increase of 66 per cent. in the number of committals for trial to the Crown court since 1979, the above figures show that average waiting times have been reduced from well over 17 weeks to about 14 weeks.