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Rescheduled Court Cases

Volume 449: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many court cases in each London court had to be rescheduled because the defendant failed (a) to attend and (b) to bring the appropriate documentation in each of the last five years. (85955)

The following tables show the number of trials held in London which had to be rescheduled (became ineffective) because the defendant did not attend. Separate tables are provided for cases dealt with in the magistrates courts where data are only available for Local Justice Areas, and for each of the Crown courts. Information on the number of cases where the defendant failed to bring the appropriate documentation is not collected and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Ineffective trials due to defendant non-attendance in the Crown court1

Crown court centre

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Blackfriars

25

35

19

24

19

Central criminal court

7

6

2

1

2

Croydon

47

32

37

17

10

Harrow

32

29

27

15

17

Inner London Sessions House

38

53

34

35

31

Isleworth

35

43

42

30

23

Kingston upon Thames

18

31

37

25

22

Middlesex Guildhall

29

32

31

11

5

Snaresbrook

73

66

72

74

49

Southwark

40

64

38

15

30

Wood Green

36

49

34

16

13

Woolwich

20

19

20

13

11

Total

400

459

393

276

232

1 Does not include defendant absence through illness or non-production from prison

Ineffective trials due to defendants non attendance in each Local Justice Area in the London magistrates court region1

Financial year

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Barking

34

47

17

Barnet

63

49

52

Bexley

37

44

10

Brent

62

64

55

Bromley

46

51

12

City of London

40

30

31

Croydon

171

130

23

Ealing

72

63

29

East Central

91

176

145

Enfield

36

60

24

Haringey

61

88

43

Harrow

75

35

23

Havering

27

32

13

Hillingdon

193

85

60

Hounslow

59

45

18

Kingston upon Thames

19

16

5

North Westminster

24

44

25

Redbridge

47

75

31

Richmond upon Thames

36

14

12

South Central

206

193

89

South Eastern

82

90

56

South Western

69

55

40

South Westminster

255

176

86

Stratford

111

124

65

Sutton

42

21

8

Thames

158

182

113

Waltham Forest

80

44

23

West London

196

113

57

Wimbledon

28

8

6

Total

2,420

2,154

1,171

1 Does not include defendant absence through illness or non-production from prison.