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Young Offenders: Magistrates Courts

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children appeared before (a) an adult and (b) a youth magistrates court in the latest year for which figures are available. (289377)

Information showing the number of juveniles aged 10 to 17 proceeded against at adult magistrates courts and youth magistrates courts in England and Wales for 2007 (latest available) is shown in the following table.

Data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.

Defendants aged 10 to 17 proceeded against at adult magistrates courts and youth magistrates courts, England and Wales, 20071,2

Number

Adult courts

11,519

Youth courts

115,015

All courts

126,534

1 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe. 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. Source: Evidence and Analysis Unit—Office for Criminal Justice Reform.