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Offences

Volume 176: debated on Wednesday 18 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give separately for magistrates courts and Crown courts for (a) 1988 and (b) for 1989 the number of cases involving non-scheduled offences in which pleas of not guilty were entered; in how many of these cases verdicts of not guilty were returned; and in how many of these cases trial was by jury.

[holding answer 4 July 1990]:(a) Figures for 1988 are:

Magistrates courtsCrown courts
Plea: Not guilty4,696188
Verdict: Not guilty3,20991

(b) Figures for 1989 are:

Magistrates courts

Crown courts

Plea: Not guilty4,006144
Verdict: Not guilty3,07291

All Crown court cases involving non-scheduled offences where not guilty pleas were entered were tried by

Sentenced male prison population, 28 December 1989

Ages

Sentence group

Less than 18 years

18 to under 25 years

25 to under 30 years

30 to under 40 years

40 to under 50 years

50 to under 60 years

60 years plus

Total

Up to 3 months
Scheduled00121003
Non-scheduled0123210018
3 to 6 months
Scheduled05211009
Non-scheduled5167760041
6 to 12 months
Scheduled172100011
Non-scheduled343141551182
12 to 18 months
Scheduled01110003
Non-scheduled182111115
18 months to 4 years
Scheduled11013426400166
Non-scheduled3302022144194

jury. Figures for magistrates courts include all offences with a plea of not guilty and therefore include a small number of 'terrorist-type' offences.