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Magistrates Courts: Telford

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individuals under the age of 21 years appeared before magistrates in Telford in each of the last five years. (193904)

Data showing the number of defendants aged under 21 who were proceeded against at Telford magistrates court from 2002 to 2004 are shown in the following table. From 1 January 2005 Telford magistrates court was merged with Bridgnorth magistrates court to form Telford and Bridgnorth local justice area. It is not possible to separate those proceeded against at Telford magistrates court from those at Bridgnorth for 2005 and 2006 and combined data are provided in the following table for those years.

Number of defendants aged under 21 proceeded against at Telford magistrates court from 2002 to 2004 and at Telford and Bridgnorth1 local justice area for 2005 to 20062

Number of defendants

2002

1,275

2003

1,076

2004

906

20051

816

20061

987

1 From 1 January 2005 Telford MC was merged with Bridgnorth MC to form the Telford and Bridgnorth local justice area. Data supplied for 2005 and 2006 are for the combined LJA and separate data for Telford MC for those years are not centrally available.

2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.