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Convictions

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Solicitor-General how many and what proportion of cases which went to a contested trial resulted in convictions in each of the last five years. (305452)

The following table shows the number of defendants whose case resulted in conviction or in an unsuccessful outcome after a contested hearing in each of the last five years.

Outcome of contested hearings

Magistrates court

Convicted after trial

Percentage

Dismissed

Percentage

Total contests

2004-051

42,432

67.3

20,589

32.7

63,021

2005-06

38,076

64.5

20,974

35.5

59,050

2006-07

34,979

63.5

20,091

36.5

55,070

2007-08

36,899

64.1

20,658

35.9

57,557

2008-09

33,390

62.1

20,389

37.9

53,779

Crown Court

Convicted after trial

Percentage

Acquitted

Percentage

Total contests

2004-051

10,059

57.1

7,544

42.9

17,603

2005-06

8,684

55.0

7,096

45.0

15,780

2006-07

8,200

53.9

7,000

46.1

15,200

2007-08

7,705

54.4

6,459

45.6

14,164

2008-09

7,891

54.1

6,682

45.9

14,573

1 Full implementation of the electronic Compass Case Management System in 2004 led to appreciable improvements in the quality and consistency of the data. Figures for 2004-05 are not directly comparable with the improved information recorded subsequently.