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Court Service (Suffolk)

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on the recent performance of the Court Service in Suffolk. (79392)

Figures are provided to cover performance against key targets over financial year 2005-06 compared with the previous year. The information is as follows:

Ineffective trials

2005-06 Crown—4 per cent. Improved from 10 per cent. last year. Target 15 per cent.

2005-06 Magistrates—12 per cent. Improved from 15 per cent. last year. Target 16 per cent.

Crown Court Timeliness

2005-06—84 per cent. of cases dealt with within target (Trials 16 weeks, Section 51 26 weeks, Committals for Sentence 10 weeks, Appeals 14 weeks). Up from 81 per cent. last year. Target 78 per cent.

Persistent Young Offenders (Crown and Magistrates)

2005-06—37 days arrest to sentence. Down from 25 days last year. Target 71 days or less.

Payment rate (Magistrates Courts)

2005-06—109 per cent. Up from 102 per cent. last year. Target 89 per cent.

Family Public Law

Percentage cases completed within 40 weeks.

2005-06 County Court—64 per cent. Up from 61 per cent. last year. Target 70 per cent.

2005-06 Magistrates—73 per cent. Down from 77 per cent. last year. Target 70 per cent.

County Court Small Claims

2005-06—90 per cent. of cases dealt with within 15 weeks. Up from 73 per cent. last year. Target 80.5 per cent.

County Court Fast Track

2005-06—79 per cent. of cases dealt with within 30 weeks. Down from 91 per cent. last year. Target 78 per cent.

County Court Multi Track

2005-06—100 per cent. of cases dealt with within 50 weeks as last year. Target 78 per cent.

Community Penalty Breach Warrants

Percentage of proceedings resolved within 25 days.

2005-06—72 per cent. Up from 41 per cent. last year. Target 50 per cent.