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Offences, Northern Ireland

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 4 July 1990

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To ask the Attorney-General how many cases concerning scheduled offences were referred to the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal in 1989; and in how many of these referred cases the original conviction has been (a) quashed and (b) upheld.

In 1989 a total of 103 cases concerning scheduled offences were referred to the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal. Of these 103 cases, convictions were quashed in three: the sentence was varied in six; 55 appeals were dismissed and 39 appeals abandoned.

To ask the Attorney-General how many applications for bail by those held on remand for scheduled, non-scheduled offences, and both together, were refused bail in 1989.

In 1989 the number of High Court bail applications by those held on remand for scheduled offence cases were refused was 560.The number of High Court bail applications by those on remand for non-scheduled offence cases, which were refused, was 197.Information is not available in relation to unsuccessful applications in this category in the magistrates courts.