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Ineffective Trials

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many ineffective trials were recorded in (a) magistrates courts and (b) Crown courts in Cambridgeshire in each quarter since June 2001; and if she will make a statement. (97185)

The number of ineffective trials recorded in the magistrates courts for each quarter since June 2001 are as follows:

Cambridgeshire

England and Wales

July-September 2001

n/a

n/a

October-December 2001

n/a

n/a

January-March 2002

n/a

n/a

April-June 2002

92

12,544

July-September 2002

91

12,577

October-December 2002

99

12,685

January-March 2003

64

13,226

April-June 2003

80

12,340

July-September 2003

93

13,308

October-December 2003

69

13,502

January-March 2004

81

13,637

April -June 2004

54

12,831

July-September 2004

51

12,431

October-December 2004

58

11,475

January-March 2005

67

10,493

April -June 2005

72

10,083

July-September 2005

72

9,775

October-December 2005

57

9,283

January-March 2006

62

9,922

April-June 2006

59

8,247

Ineffective trial data prior to June 2002 were not collected in the magistrates courts. In Cambridgeshire based on the aforementioned figures, performance since quarter ending June 2002 has improved by 35.8 per cent.

The number of ineffective trials recorded in the Crown courts for each quarter since June 2001 are as follows:

Cambridgeshire

England and Wales

July-September 2001

27

3,239

October-December 2001

31

3,169

January-March 2002

32

3,056

April-June 2002

24

3,131

July-September 2002

45

3,290

October-December 2002

46

3,166

January-March 2003

28

3,227

April-June 2003

20

2,910

July-September 2003

20

2,871

October-December 2003

20

2,358

January-March 2004

19

2,431

April-June 2004

4

1,912

July-September 2004

13

1,905

October-December 2004

14

1,644

January-March 2005

16

1,514

April-June 2005

18

1,330

July-September 2005

14

1,266

October-December 2005

13

1,199

January-March 2006

17

1,222

April-June 2006

14

1,069

Cambridgeshire performance based on the aforementioned figures has improved since quarter ending September 2001 by 48.1 per cent.

Reducing the ineffective trial rate is a key supporting indicator in ensuring that more offences are brought to justice and provides evidence of our drive to improve the quality of service to victims and witnesses. Nationally, the CJS has reduced the ineffective rate in the magistrates court by 34.3 per cent. and in the Crown court by 67 per cent. Over the last four years this has cut waste in the CJS by £84 million.