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Crown Prosecution Service

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Solicitor-General how much the Crown Prosecution Service in (a) London and (b) each of its 42 regional offices spent on expenses for witnesses in cases that were adjourned or abandoned in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (305415)

The Crown Prosecution Service does not maintain records of the value of witness expense payments by reference to case outcomes. It is unable to say, therefore, how much it spent on witness expenses in relation to cases which were subsequently adjourned or abandoned.

The CPS can report on total expenditure on ordinary professional and foreign witness expenses by CPS area for each of the last five financial years, and separately on the proportion of cracked and ineffective trials by CPS Area for each of the last five years.

Cracked and ineffective trials are cases listed by the court for trial in which witnesses are warned to attend court, but are not required to give evidence because the defendant pleaded guilty, or the prosecution offered no evidence, (cracked trial); or the trial had to be adjourned to another day, (ineffective trial).

Comparative 42 area and national CPS data showing witness expenses payments and cracked and ineffective trials can be found at tables A, B and C:

Annex A: Witness payments by area 2004-05 to 2008-09

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Avon and Somerset

161,735

154,790

152,826

154,381

151,857

Bedfordshire

62,688

60,767

59,834

60,882

58,944

Cambridgeshire

57,098

91,647

73,968

68,945

76,857

Cheshire

75,923

89,850

116,899

115,003

74,672

Cleveland

51,912

58,785

73,607

65,072

66,873

Cumbria

86,839

94,544

74,918

65,186

88,433

Derbyshire

82,518

96,680

96,556

97,859

96,896

Devon and Cornwall

182,357

179,281

182,240

186,434

181,038

Dorset

81,685

115,535

109,392

93,680

101,403

Durham

54,782

57,663

59,852

49,282

64,122

Dyfed Powys

88,244

53,425

61,911

55,578

68,958

Essex

164,399

178,360

173,793

164,068

162,462

Gloucestershire

35,226

50,948

63,573

65,438

56,492

Greater Manchester

340,489

336,375

309,436

347,801

280,822

Gwent

57,216

75,472

77,198

62,395

67,611

Hampshire & IOW

270,647

355,228

262,519

248,398

231,836

Hertfordshire

99,348

112,582

118,130

130,663

110,828

Humberside

91,940

89,591

99,345

91,262

92,252

Kent

161,322

178,723

188,318

204,977

204,224

Lancashire

171,606

265,853

269,389

238,051

197,133

Leicestershire

81,300

83,409

102,085

107,644

117,610

Lincolnshire

64,004

59,369

75,120

60,090

75,467

Merseyside

225,958

183,951

163,985

136,265

136,983

London

1,289,313

1,195,844

1,155,724

968,402

1,148,358

Norfolk

72,125

70,500

88,715

67,385

70,851

Northamptonshire

64,726

61,874

74,671

64,166

50,550

Northumbria

125,870

125,049

126,764

122,639

141,545

North Wales

77,416

70,965

70,000

75,952

77,100

North Yorkshire

75,433

99,594

107,389

101,672

100,909

Nottinghamshire

87,941

102,373

67,833

72,448

74,949

South Wales

124,533

145,881

175,757

171,414

128,652

South Yorkshire

117,978

118,414

116,617

133,689

129,768

Staffordshire

113,829

115,183

107,580

134,750

122,413

Suffolk

62,700

55,556

71,265

56,938

48,535

Surrey

91,695

95,492

124,889

107,458

111,429

Sussex

238,724

233,338

235,824

236,421

239,283

Thames Valley

185,776

184,214

189,134

217,242

207,176

Warwickshire

20,466

32,222

28,406

27,779

26,370

West Mercia

124,567

145,649

139,319

127,469

117,289

West Midlands

336,274

489,112

315,133

324,829

330,939

West Yorkshire

245,659

228,092

189,708

213,611

230,751

Wiltshire

41,145

43,497

54,600

52,582

47,896

Organised Crime Division

52,777

57,568

35,213

25,144

48,672

Special Crime Division

51,325

111,152

48,122

83,501

55,576

Counter Terrorism Division

23,316

48,683

19,495

34,982

37,269

Fraud Prosecution Division

427

13,212

49,990

81,550

Total

6,372,823

6,853,508

6,520,265

6,339,817

6,391,600

Table B: Crown court—cracked and ineffective trials

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Cracked

%

Ineffective

%

Cracked

%

Ineffective

%

Cracked

%

Ineffective

%

Avon and Somerset

312

35

148

16

116

20

61

10

191

29

110

17

Bedfordshire

226

43

100

19

79

26

29

10

162

38

64

15

Cambridgeshire

125

34

47

13

89

26

35

10

127

32

53

13

Cheshire

184

35

78

15

125

26

46

10

210

35

78

13

Cleveland

504

55

156

17

312

48

103

16

557

58

137

14

Cumbria

108

34

51

16

71

30

28

12

135

43

39

12

Derbyshire

275

45

123

20

151

38

66

17

204

45

46

10

Devon and Cornwall

171

31

61

11

79

20

27

7

122

26

40

9

Dorset

57

22

22

8

38

14

13

5

93

25

17

5

Durham

158

51

38

12

144

48

28

9

203

52

54

14

Dyfed Powys

12

8

2

1

4

3

1

1

25

15

7

4

Essex

349

32

243

22

190

26

63

9

331

38

101

12

Gloucestershire

63

39

16

10

33

23

16

11

53

32

26

16

Greater Manchester

1,867

52

545

15

845

41

219

11

1,283

49

334

13

Gwent

87

28

18

6

0

0

0

0

Hampshire and IOW

436

31

222

16

209

19

111

10

322

31

116

11

Hertfordshire

138

26

77

15

111

22

45

9

133

29

60

13

Humberside

407

58

78

11

267

54

26

5

375

63

39

7

Kent

307

29

193

18

165

20

66

8

284

30

155

16

Lancashire

664

48

254

18

333

38

104

12

609

51

178

15

Leicestershire

236

40

113

19

169

35

56

12

263

46

84

15

Lincolnshire

117

40

39

13

52

26

23

12

60

30

14

7

London

2,790

27

1,737

17

1,407

19

732

10

2,564

29

1,202

13

Merseyside

852

47

245

14

411

35

94

8

800

49

201

12

Norfolk

99

33

38

13

69

28

27

11

108

34

33

10

Northamptonshire

115

39

29

10

62

32

6

3

76

35

9

4

Northumbria

612

55

181

16

392

50

100

13

661

58

185

16

North Wales

68

32

25

12

51

23

14

6

125

40

23

7

North Yorkshire

127

36

65

19

100

33

26

9

141

41

31

9

Nottinghamshire

237

39

86

14

169

35

46

9

247

46

49

9

South Wales

506

43

148

13

243

31

77

10

399

41

130

13

South Yorkshire

625

54

152

13

334

46

71

10

557

60

97

10

Staffordshire

307

50

62

10

146

35

34

8

250

43

64

11

Suffolk

66

25

25

9

31

16

7

4

75

25

21

7

Surrey

95

29

57

17

56

21

27

10

97

27

42

12

Sussex

331

35

125

13

161

23

51

7

361

35

139

13

Thames Valley

244

28

107

12

152

20

80

11

307

31

127

13

Warwickshire

183

66

56

20

74

53

15

11

107

58

33

18

West Mercia

238

45

74

14

171

40

32

8

200

43

51

11

West Midlands

1,544

45

649

19

564

33

138

8

1,080

47

193

8

West Yorkshire

1,325

50

427

16

461

40

113

10

641

50

179

14

Wiltshire

57

36

11

7

23

14

17

10

78

38

20

10

England and Wales

17,224

39

6,923

16

8,659

29

2,873

10

14,616

39

4,581

12

2007-082008-09

Cracked

%

Ineffective

%

Cracked

%

Ineffective

%

Avon and Somerset

211

31

94

14

237

36

96

15

Bedfordshire

140

30

64

14

105

34

29

9

Cambridgeshire

147

35

38

9

204

35

77

13

Cheshire

104

40

31

12

79

37

17

8

Cleveland

532

57

128

14

572

59

111

11

Cumbria

149

56

31

12

133

47

44

16

Derbyshire

205

48

58

14

200

46

52

12

Devon and Cornwall

130

28

39

8

150

33

25

6

Dorset

82

33

14

6

82

33

12

5

Durham

236

64

49

13

203

69

32

11

Dyfed Powys

51

32

8

5

33

35

5

5

Essex

374

40

89

10

278

38

61

8

Gloucestershire

66

38

16

9

63

36

27

15

Greater Manchester

1,274

52

260

11

1,038

52

195

10

Gwent

0

0

0

0

Hampshire and IOW

363

34

110

10

341

36

84

9

Hertfordshire

183

35

90

17

102

30

54

16

Humberside

369

60

52

8

364

65

30

5

Kent

321

32

154

15

180

26

97

14

Lancashire

514

53

143

15

548

55

143

14

Leicestershire

220

46

75

16

196

44

75

17

Lincolnshire

76

36

31

15

80

39

22

11

London

2,916

32

1,264

14

2,655

30

1,347

15

Merseyside

768

51

139

9

668

52

113

9

Norfolk

111

43

16

6

94

43

22

10

Northamptonshire

111

46

11

5

110

51

8

4

Northumbria

743

66

152

13

611

64

112

12

North Wales

99

36

20

7

74

33

11

5

North Yorkshire

151

53

26

9

103

42

39

16

Nottinghamshire

250

46

66

12

195

42

54

12

South Wales

468

41

91

8

518

43

104

9

South Yorkshire

550

60

97

11

512

60

106

12

Staffordshire

239

45

50

9

188

40

41

9

Suffolk

77

30

19

7

68

29

23

10

Surrey

90

27

43

13

80

27

42

14

Sussex

379

39

153

16

357

37

135

14

Thames Valley

318

32

125

13

341

34

153

15

Warwickshire

99

52

13

7

71

42

15

9

West Mercia

183

47

24

6

139

43

19

6

West Midlands

903

45

171

8

717

42

129

8

West Yorkshire

725

49

221

15

785

48

233

14

Wiltshire

61

38

17

11

78

41

16

8

England and Wales

14,988

42

4,292

12

13,552

41

4,010

12

Table C: Magistrates courts—cracked and ineffective trials

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Cracked

%

Ineffective

%

Cracked

%

Ineffective

%

Cracked

%

Ineffective

%

Avon and Somerset

815

28

476

16

951

31

508

17

870

30

379

13

Bedfordshire

761

37

676

33

790

33

600

25

629

30

432

21

Cambridgeshire

493

36

230

17

576

35

263

16

642

37

260

15

Cheshire

1,061

40

474

18

1,241

40

581

19

1,625

42

630

16

Cleveland

943

39

514

21

821

36

401

17

847

36

450

19

Cumbria

640

41

256

16

645

39

289

17

624

37

281

17

Derbyshire

1,548

38

1,123

27

1,620

37

1,293

29

1,427

37

847

22

Devon and Cornwall

870

29

592

20

789

27

584

20

729

31

398

17

Dorset

466

34

292

21

503

30

355

22

576

31

445

24

Durham

476

31

411

27

532

35

332

22

677

43

275

18

Dyfed Powys

307

28

192

17

227

22

141

14

274

22

157

13

Essex

1,336

35

805

21

1,343

32

928

22

1,400

32

933

21

Gloucestershire

315

37

201

24

387

35

253

23

623

33

511

27

Greater Manchester

5,475

43

2,582

20

5,044

41

2,224

18

4,765

42

1,766

15

Gwent

683

38

432

24

597

32

377

20

616

35

416

24

Hampshire and IOW

2,570

35

1,917

26

1,979

34

1,225

21

1,594

33

874

18

Hertfordshire

1,481

39

922

24

2,022

38

1,285

24

1,692

33

1,170

23

Humberside

1,059

44

464

19

857

41

331

16

876

43

303

15

Kent

1,486

31

1,111

24

1,518

31

1,085

22

1,580

32

1,065

22

Lancashire

2,415

46

1,283

24

2,777

44

1,238

20

3,334

45

1,430

19

Leicestershire

1,424

41

906

26

1,539

43

838

24

1,582

45

728

21

Lincolnshire

630

35

424

24

672

36

410

22

618

33

335

18

London

12,053

32

11,922

32

11,898

34

8,628

25

11,778

36

6,508

20

Merseyside

3,362

42

2,170

27

2,770

43

1,205

19

2,341

47

837

17

Norfolk

508

32

310

19

503

30

276

17

573

30

268

14

Northamptonshire

740

35

443

21

778

38

255

13

938

36

348

13

Northumbria

2,369

38

1,556

25

2,236

36

1,455

24

2,677

42

1,382

22

North Wales

877

37

411

17

908

37

312

13

871

37

327

14

North Yorkshire

599

43

254

18

645

40

306

19

465

35

215

16

Nottinghamshire

1,980

40

1,306

26

1,771

36

1,322

27

1,518

38

969

24

South Wales

2,429

45

1,014

19

2,247

44

772

15

1,755

43

557

13

South Yorkshire

1,114

33

802

24

1,040

30

577

17

1,233

35

534

15

Staffordshire

1,708

40

849

20

1,427

39

655

18

1,469

35

872

21

Suffolk

368

30

184

15

303

27

132

12

256

26

104

10

Surrey

627

30

465

22

604

29

393

19

688

30

452

20

Sussex

1,566

35

1,162

26

1,160

33

637

18

1,493

34

777

18

Thames Valley

1,297

39

669

20

1,859

41

875

19

2,075

35

1,017

17

Warwickshire

102

28

35

10

108

27

38

10

100

29

46

14

West Mercia

1,826

41

1,183

26

1,790

37

1,161

24

1,479

38

641

16

West Midlands

6,339

41

3,790

24

5,059

39

2,827

22

4,980

42

2,388

20

West Yorkshire

3,044

39

2,062

27

2,680

40

1,489

22

2,484

40

1,407

22

Wiltshire

429

32

237

18

326

31

206

20

476

36

290

22

England and Wales

70,591

37

47,107

25

67,542

37

39,062

21

67,249

37

34,024

19

2007-082008-09

Cracked

%

Ineffective

%

Cracked

%

Ineffective

%

Avon and Somerset

996

32

433

14

873

33

370

14

Bedfordshire

591

28

425

20

627

28

566

25

Cambridgeshire

667

36

242

13

609

39

204

13

Cheshire

1,480

45

327

10

1,348

44

293

10

Cleveland

1,148

42

594

22

1,110

43

514

20

Cumbria

737

41

313

17

684

39

253

14

Derbyshire

1,723

37

1,093

24

1,684

41

876

21

Devon and Cornwall

942

35

443

17

900

36

430

17

Dorset

877

34

688

27

605

27

552

25

Durham

839

47

314

18

696

46

244

16

Dyfed Powys

253

22

116

10

273

28

137

14

Essex

1,530

34

944

21

1,519

34

977

22

Gloucestershire

645

37

486

28

632

40

419

27

Greater Manchester

4,878

42

1,690

15

3,992

38

1,600

15

Gwent

990

39

526

21

644

41

370

24

Hampshire and IOW

2,012

34

1,065

18

1,971

35

1,125

20

Hertfordshire

1,425

32

1,025

23

1,347

32

969

23

Humberside

1,059

49

319

15

1,130

48

326

14

Kent

1,895

35

1,103

20

1,894

39

952

19

Lancashire

3,275

48

1,156

17

3,080

46

1,060

16

Leicestershire

1,755

43

843

21

1,261

42

574

19

Lincolnshire

598

35

319

19

571

36

324

21

London

11,578

36

5,761

18

11,109

35

5,704

18

Merseyside

2,717

50

778

14

2,923

49

874

15

Norfolk

673

33

289

14

529

31

280

16

Northamptonshire

805

37

282

13

658

37

258

14

Northumbria

3,515

46

1,550

20

3,083

42

1,482

20

North Wales

826

39

308

14

786

36

297

14

North Yorkshire

568

38

273

18

638

39

258

16

Nottinghamshire

1,759

35

1,185

24

1,376

34

989

24

South Wales

1,997

45

576

13

2,046

47

651

15

South Yorkshire

1,508

38

719

18

1,772

38

792

17

Staffordshire

1,645

36

938

21

1,237

40

538

17

Suffolk

207

24

77

9

285

29

109

11

Surrey

840

32

489

18

832

32

417

16

Sussex

1,623

34

923

19

1,228

31

889

22

Thames Valley

2,042

31

1,258

19

2,045

34

1,189

20

Warwickshire

129

28

60

13

144

30

71

15

West Mercia

1,627

37

808

18

1,332

34

751

19

West Midlands

5,421

44

2,351

19

5,641

44

2,661

21

West Yorkshire

2,791

41

1,476

22

2,779

40

1,701

25

Wiltshire

564

34

276

17

534

32

381

23

England and Wales

73,150

38

34,841

18

68,427

38

33,427

19

To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases were prosecuted by each of the 42 regional Crown Prosecution Service offices in each of the last five years. (305443)

The following tables show the number of defendants prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service's 42 Areas in the five years ending March 2009. The table also shows the number and proportion of defendants who were convicted, and the number and proportion whose case resulted in an unsuccessful outcome.

CPS Magistrates Court Case Volumes and Outcomes by Area 2004-05 to 2008-09

2004-05

2005-06

Convictions

Unsuccessful

Convictions

Unsuccessful

Vol.

%

Vol.

%

Total

Vol.

%

Vol.

%

Total

42 Areas

928,195

80.6

223,709

19.4

1,151,904

881,861

82.5

186,884

17.5

1,068,745

P01 - Avon & Somerset

24,405

80.1

6,054

19.9

30,459

23,163

82.2

5,021

17.8

28,184

P02 - Bedfordshire

8,755

74.5

2,995

25.5

11,750

8,407

77.9

2,381

22.1

10,788

P03 - Cambridgeshire

8,100

85.6

1,360

14.4

9,460

9,868

84.6

1,792

15.4

11,660

P04 - Cheshire

14,617

87.2

2,150

12.8

16,767

14,317

86.2

2,297

13.8

16,614

P06 - Cleveland

13,783

80.4

3,367

19.6

17,150

10,015

84.3

1,864

15.7

11,879

P07 - Cumbria

10,344

85.7

1,730

14.3

12,074

11,963

86.5

1,870

13.5

13,833

P08 - Derbyshire

15,166

85.9

2,489

14.1

17,655

12,552

81.2

2,914

18.8

15,466

P09 - Devon & Cornwall

19,345

84.5

3,547

15.5

22,892

18,851

83.2

3,815

16.8

22,666

P10 - Dorset

10,262

82.3

2,212

17.7

12,474

10,502

85.1

1,843

14.9

12,345

P12 - Dyfed Powys

8,835

83.8

1,703

16.2

10,538

9,802

84.5

1,793

15.5

11,595

P13 - Essex

20,209

83.3

4,065

16.7

24,274

21,329

82.2

4,629

17.8

25,958

P14 - Gloucestershire

6,726

80.1

1,667

19.9

8,393

6,928

80.2

1,706

19.8

8,634

P15 - Greater Manchester

57,582

82.0

12,621

18.0

70,203

59,184

83.8

11,411

16.2

70,595

P16 - Gwent

12,573

80.0

3,153

20.0

15,726

10,230

85.3

1,765

14.7

11,995

P17 - Hampshire

30,021

83.2

6,049

16.8

36,070

25,606

85.0

4,527

15.0

30,133

P18 - Hertfordshire

14,375

80.8

3,412

19.2

17,787

15,182

80.0

3,803

20.0

18,985

P19 - Humberside

17,767

87.1

2,627

12.9

20,394

14,711

88.4

1,921

11.6

16,632

P20 - Kent

29,646

85.5

5,043

14.5

34,689

23,595

86.6

3,649

13.4

27,244

P21 - Lancashire

25,449

83.6

5,008

16.4

30,457

29,767

83.8

5,737

16.2

35,504

P22 - Leicestershire

17,481

81.4

4,001

18.6

21,482

14,136

78.2

3,942

21.8

18,078

P23 - Lincolnshire

16,117

86.6

2,486

13.4

18,603

13,277

86.1

2,137

13.9

15,414

P25 - London

118,174

74.1

41,313

25.9

159,487

112,552

79.0

29,897

21.0

142,449

P24 - Merseyside

28,919

80.1

7,175

19.9

36,094

22,239

81.4

5,091

18.6

27,330

P24 - Merseyside

11,862

83.0

2,421

17.0

14,283

11,681

84.1

2,203

15.9

13,884

P27 - Northamptonshire

11,259

85.4

1,919

14.6

13,178

9,083

78.3

2,513

21.7

11,596

P28 - Northumbria

34,457

84.6

6,290

15.4

40,747

36,332

87.0

5,449

13.0

41,781

P29 - North Wales

13,577

86.2

2,175

13.8

15,752

12,880

87.9

1,770

12.1

14,650

P30 - North Yorkshire

9,551

82.5

2,027

17.5

11,578

11,152

82.7

2,334

17.3

13,486

P31 - Nottinghamshire

19,732

84.5

3,607

15.5

23,339

19,381

83.8

3,757

16.2

23,138

P32 - South Wales

34,846

78.7

9,434

21.3

44,280

28,102

78.6

7,658

21.4

35,760

P33 - South Yorkshire

24,770

82.8

5,134

17.2

29,904

23,595

84.1

4,472

15.9

28,067

P34 - Staffordshire

20,472

78.0

5,762

22.0

26,234

19,350

81.5

4,395

18.5

23,745

P35 - Suffolk

14,186

83.5

2,807

16.5

16,993

14,166

84.3

2,647

15.7

16,813

P36 - Surrey

8,835

79.4

2,298

20.6

11,133

8,382

82.2

1,810

17.8

10,192

P37 - Sussex

17,035

80.6

4,112

19.4

21,147

18,092

82.5

3,830

17.5

21,922

P38 - Thames Valley

30,802

74.6

10,496

25.4

41,298

31,205

78.1

8,749

21.9

39,954

P39 - Warwickshire

8,066

90.4

852

9.6

8,918

7,266

91.4

682

8.6

7,948

P40 - West Mercia

19,888

81.5

4,517

18.5

24,405

20,323

82.0

4,467

18.0

24,790

P41 - West Midlands

55,537

77.3

16,295

22.7

71,832

49,429

83.3

9,905

16.7

59,334

P42 - West Yorkshire

46,015

77.0

13,728

23.0

59,743

43,132

80.5

10,440

19.5

53,572

P43 - Wiltshire

9,256

82.3

1,992

17.7

11,248

10,756

80.9

2,536

19.1

13,292

2006-072007-08

Convictions

Unsuccessful

Convictions

Unsuccessful

Vol.

%

Vol.

%

Total

Vol.

%

Vol.

%

Total

42 Areas

831,093

84.1

156,939

15.9

988,032

828,535

85.7

138,130

14.3

966,665

P01 - Avon and Somerset

22,716

82.9

4,685

17.1

27,401

21,402

85.2

3,705

14.8

25,107

P02 - Bedfordshire

7,904

83.5

1,562

16.5

9,466

8,048

86.7

1,233

13.3

9,281

P03 - Cambridgeshire

10,062

87.5

1,438

12.5

11,500

9,321

88.3

1,239

11.7

10,560

P04 - Cheshire

15,360

86.6

2,383

13.4

17,743

18,276

88.4

2,405

11.6

20,681

P06 - Cleveland

10,456

86.7

1,603

13.3

12,059

11,037

87.2

1,625

12.8

12,662

P07 - Cumbria

11,382

88.8

1,438

11.2

12,820

11,148

89.2

1,347

10.8

12,495

P08 - Derbyshire

13,174

85.1

2,304

14.9

15,478

13,561

86.6

2,094

13.4

15,655

P09 - Devon & Cornwall

17,689

85.8

2,916

14.2

20,605

18,349

86.5

2,862

13.5

21,211

P10 - Dorset

9,676

83.8

1,866

16.2

11,542

9,041

80.7

2,163

19.3

11,204

P12 - Dyfed Powys

8,468

83.8

1,633

16.2

10,101

8,562

85.0

1,508

15.0

10,070

P13 - Essex

19,255

84.9

3,426

15.1

22,681

21,253

86.4

3,354

13.6

24,607

P14 - Gloucestershire

6,664

83.5

1,321

16.5

7,985

6,686

84.5

1,230

15.5

7,916

P15 - Greater Manchester

55,609

84.8

10,005

15.2

65,614

51,130

86.6

7,930

13.4

59,060

P16 - Gwent

11,190

84.9

1,988

15.1

13,178

10,275

84.4

1,898

15.6

12,173

P17 - Hampshire

23,350

85.8

3,877

14.2

27,227

25,568

86.1

4,134

13.9

29,702

P18 - Hertfordshire

14,316

83.0

2,931

17.0

17,247

13,757

84.9

2,451

15.1

16,208

P19 - Humberside

13,184

89.4

1,565

10.6

14,749

14,286

89.9

1,608

10.1

15,894

P20 - Kent

22,780

87.1

3,385

12.9

26,165

22,061

87.3

3,211

12.7

25,272

P21 - Lancashire

30,331

83.7

5,902

16.3

36,233

29,087

86.6

4,503

13.4

33,590

P22 - Leicestershire

13,913

80.4

3,381

19.6

17,294

14,511

85.0

2,555

15.0

17,066

P23 - Lincolnshire

12,268

88.9

1,530

11.1

13,798

11,488

90.9

1,156

9.1

12,644

P25 - London

106,704

81.9

23,656

18.1

130,360

107,444

83.9

20,647

16.1

128,091

P24 - Merseyside

21,210

83.1

4,311

16.9

25,521

26,992

85.1

4,708

14.9

31,700

P24 - Merseyside

11,965

86.1

1,934

13.9

13,899

12,137

87.4

1,751

12.6

13,888

P27 - Northamptonshire

9,404

81.9

2,083

18.1

11,487

9,651

86.3

1,531

13.7

11,182

P28 - Northumbria

34,624

85.7

5,800

14.3

40,424

35,404

85.3

6,077

14.7

41,481

P29 - North Wales

12,932

87.1

1,920

12.9

14,852

11,913

87.9

1,638

12.1

13,551

P30 - North Yorkshire

9,039

84.4

1,672

15.6

10,711

9,623

86.8

1,462

13.2

11,085

P31 - Nottinghamshire

17,279

83.4

3,435

16.6

20,714

16,925

83.2

3,413

16.8

20,338

P32 - South Wales

23,195

81.3

5,350

18.7

28,545

21,211

82.3

4,573

17.7

25,784

P33 - South Yorkshire

21,287

85.5

3,620

14.5

24,907

21,144

86.8

3,226

13.2

24,370

P34 - Staffordshire

17,563

84.9

3,123

15.1

20,686

18,494

86.3

2,944

13.7

21,438

P35 - Suffolk

9,586

86.9

1,444

13.1

11,030

9,329

89.8

1,062

10.2

10,391

P36 - Surrey

6,759

83.1

1,378

16.9

8,137

10,930

84.4

2,014

15.6

12,944

P37 - Sussex

18,677

83.5

3,682

16.5

22,359

17,849

84.1

3,380

15.9

21,229

P38 - Thames Valley

30,297

78.9

8,078

21.1

38,375

25,889

81.8

5,759

18.2

31,648

P39 - Warwickshire

6,730

92.1

576

7.9

7,306

6,574

92.4

539

7.6

7,113

P40 - West Mercia

19,303

84.0

3,668

16.0

22,971

18,814

86.1

3,049

13.9

21,863

P41 - West Midlands

46,796

83.5

9,263

16.5

56,059

45,772

86.0

7,458

14.0

53,230

P42 - West Yorkshire

39,079

83.8

7,558

16.2

46,637

36,465

86.4

5,719

13.6

42,184

P43 - Wiltshire

9,986

84.9

1,778

15.1

11,764

7,601

83.2

1,530

16.8

9,131

2008-09

Convictions

Unsuccessful

Vol.

%

Vol.

%

Total

42 Areas

810,605

87.3

118,103

12.7

928,708

P01 - Avon and Somerset

20,535

88.4

2,686

11.6

23,221

P02 - Bedfordshire

7,651

87.4

1,101

12.6

8,752

P03 - Cambridgeshire

9,392

89.7

1,078

10.3

10,470

P04 - Cheshire

17,354

88.9

2,170

11.1

19,524

P06 - Cleveland

11,404

87.4

1,640

12.6

13,044

P07 - Cumbria

9,545

88.2

1,273

11.8

10,818

P08 - Derbyshire

12,707

86.4

1,992

13.6

14,699

P09 - Devon and Cornwall

18,427

88.0

2,511

12.0

20,938

P10 - Dorset

7,749

84.0

1,473

16.0

9,222 -

P11 - Durham

7,961

89.0

984

11.0

8,945

P12 - Dyfed Powys

7,757

85.7

1,294

14.3

9,051

P13 - Essex

21,465

86.9

3,249

13.1

24,714

P14 - Gloucestershire

6,967

87.5

998

12.5

7,965

P15 - Greater Manchester

49,513

88.8

6,263

11.2

55,776

P16 - Gwent

8,261

86.7

1,272

13.3

9,533

P17 - Hampshire

26,951

87.3

3,937

12.7

30,888

P18 - Hertfordshire

13,871

85.0

2,452

15.0

16,323

P19 - Humberside

14,248

91.4

1,336

8.6

15,584

P20 - Kent

20,700

88.5

2,682

11.5

23,382

P21 - Lancashire

30,023

87.8

4,153

12.2

34,176

P22 - Leicestershire

12,708

86.1

2,058

13.9

14,766

P23 - Lincolnshire

11,185

90.5

1,168

9.5

12,353

P25 - London

115,366

86.0

18,760

14.0

134,126

P24 - Merseyside

26,813

85.8

4,439

14.2

31,252

P24 - Merseyside

11,137

89.6

1,295

10.4

12,432

P27 - Northamptonshire

8,905

88.5

1,158

11.5

10,063

P28 - Northumbria

29,328

87.0

4,387

13.0

33,715

P29 - North Wales

11,653

89.4

1,380

10.6

13,033

P30 - North Yorkshire

10,536

89.0

1,307

11.0

11,843

P31 - Nottinghamshire

18,237

88.9

2,283

11.1

20,520

P32 - South Wales

22,072

84.6

4,025

15.4

26,097

P33 - South Yorkshire

20,648

87.0

3,079

13.0

23,727

P34 - Staffordshire

14,917

87.4

2,147

12.6

17,064

P35 - Suffolk

11,121

90.3

1,201

9.7

12,322

P36 - Surrey

9,740

86.6

1,510

13.4

11,250

P37 - Sussex

16,586

86.6

2,565

13.4

19,151

P38 - Thames Valley

25,546

85.8

4,245

14.2

29,791

P39 - Warwickshire

6,008

93.0

451

7.0

6,459

P40 - West Mercia

18,048

89.3

2,170

10.7

20,218

P41 - West Midlands

43,718

86.7

6,688

13.3

50,406

P42 - West Yorkshire

34,669

85.3

5,987

14.7

40,656

P43 - Wiltshire

9,183

88.0

1,256

12.0

10,439

CPS Crowns Court Case Volumes and Outcomes by Area 2004-05 to 2008-09

2004-05

2005-06

Convictions

Unsuccessful outcomes

Convictions

Unsuccessful outcomes

Vol.

%

Vol.

%

Total

Vol.

%

Vol.

%

Total

42 Areas

68,281

75.1

2,609

24.9

90,890

69,832

76.4

21,526

23.6

91,358

P01 - Avon and Somerset

1,445

74.5

495

25.5

1,940

1,511

77.3

443

22.7

1,954

P02 - Bedfordshire

556

69.7

242

30.3

798

598

71.6

237

28.4

835

P03 - Cambridgeshire

682

80.2

168

19.8

850

756

74.0

266

26.0

1,022

P04 - Cheshire

955

83.8

185

16.2

1,140

1,192

81.0

279

19.0

1,471

P06 - Cleveland

1,041

76.5

319

23.5

1,360

1,075

77.4

314

22.6

1,389

P07 - Cumbria

645

75.2

213

24.8

858

577

78.5

158

21.5

735

P08 - Derbyshire

1,374

80.6

330

19.4

1,704

1,422

80.7

340

19.3

1,762

P09 - Devon and Cornwall

1,315

82.4

280

17.6

1,595

1,297

80.8

308

19.2

1,605

P10 - Dorset

462

77.8

132

22.2

594

563

79.4

146

20.6

709

P11 - Durham

751

84.1

142

15.9

893

970

80.2

239

19.8

1,209

P12 - Dyfed Powys

297

68.8

135

31.3

432

361

76.0

114

24.0

475

P13 - Essex

1,500

71.7

591

28.3

2,091

1,526

72.1

590

27.9

2,116

P14 - Gloucestershire

444

77.5

129

22.5

573

551

77.4

161

22.6

712

P15 - Greater Manchester

5,702

76.3

1,770

23.7

7,472

5,755

81.4

1,317

18.6

7,072

P16 - Gwent

1,015

78.7

274

21.3

1,289

713

75.7

229

24.3

942

P17 - Hampshire

1,920

71.9

749

28.1

2,669

2,024

73.0

750

27.0

2,774

P18 - Hertfordshire

836

71.5

333

28.5

1,169

979

72.4

374

27.6

1,353

P19 - Humberside

1,360

85.1

238

14.9

1,598

1,252

82.2

272

17.8

1,524

P20 - Kent

1,295

73.7

461

26.3

1,756

1,246

74.5

427

25.5

1,673

P21 - Lancashire

2,140

77.8

610

22.2

2,750

2,341

79.0

621

21.0

2,962

P22 - Leicestershire

1,266

77.6

365

22.4

1,631

1,295

72.0

503

28.0

1,798

P23 - Lincolnshire

567

76.5

174

23.5

741

508

77.6

147

22.4

655

P25 - London

10,933

66.5

5,519

33.5

16,452

11,817

68.9

5,346

31.1

17,163

P24 - Merseyside

2,294

72.4

875

27.6

3,169

2,531

76.5

777

23.5

3,308

P26 - Norfolk

812

85.5

138

14.5

950

883

82.2

191

17.8

1,074

P27 - Northamptonshire

699

78.7

189

21.3

888

665

79.5

172

20.5

837

P28 - Northumbria

1,872

80.3

459

19.7

2,331

2,114

80.9

498

19.1

2,612

P29 - North Wales

573

83.4

114

16.6

687

621

77.8

177

22.2

798

P30 - North Yorkshire

680

78.6

185

21.4

865

823

78.1

231

21.9

1,054

P31 - Nottinghamshire

1,486

80.7

355

19.3

1,841

1,663

79.6

426

20.4

2,089

P32 - South Wales

2,353

79.1

620

20.9

2,973

2,057

80.7

493

19.3

2,550

P33 - South Yorkshire

2,117

83.7

411

16.3

2,528

2,086

85.6

350

14.4

2,436

P34 - Staffordshire

1,413

77.9

401

22.1

1,814

1,302

77.9

370

22.1

1,672

P35 - Suffolk

608

79.8

154

20.2

762

494

75.9

157

24.1

651

P36 - Surrey

653

72.6

247

27.4

900

643

75.9

204

24.1

847

P37 - Sussex

1,360

73.0

502

27.0

1,862

1,355

73.5

489

26.5

1,844

P38 - Thames Valley

1,621

77.7

465

22.3

2,086

1,803

77.5

522

22.5

2,325

P39 - Warwickshire

278

89.1

34

10.9

312

311

87.9

43

12.1

354

P40 - West Mercia

1,190

79.3

311

20.7

1,501

1,464

82.2

316

17.8

1,780

P41 - West Midlands

5,653

72.8

2,113

27.2

7,766

4,920

76.6

1,507

23.4

6,427

P42 - West Yorkshire

3,753

78.0

1,061

22.0

4,814

3,354

79.4

870

20.6

4,224

P43 - Wiltshire

365

75.1

121

24.9

486

414

73.1

152

26.9

566

2006-072007-08

Convictions

Unsuccessful outcomes

Convictions

Unsuccessful outcomes

Vol.

%

Vol.

%

Total

Vol.

%

Vol.

%

Total

42 Areas

69,549

77.0

20,720

23.0

90,269

77,428

79.4

20,101

20.6

97,529

P01 - Avon and Somerset

1,311

74.2

457

25.8

1,768

1,447

79.5

374

20.5

1,821

P02 - Bedfordshire

638

75.2

210

24.8

848

657

79.5

169

20.5

826

P03 - Cambridgeshire

773

77.7

222

22.3

995

793

79.1

210

20.9

1,003

P04 - Cheshire

1,226

80.3

301

19.7

1,527

1,254

84.1

237

15.9

1,491

P06 - Cleveland

1,082

74.1

379

25.9

1,461

1,151

80.9

272

19.1

1,423

P07 - Cumbria

561

75.3

184

24.7

745

709

81.6

160

18.4

869

P08 - Derbyshire

1,158

83.3

232

16.7

1,390

1,146

82.0

251

18.0

1,397

P09 - Devon and Cornwall

1,071

78.7

290

21.3

1,361

1,163

81.2

269

18.8

1,432

P10 - Dorset

612

75.3

201

24.7

813

593

80.8

141

19.2

734

P11 - Durham

1,019

81.7

229

18.3

1,248

1,188

83.8

230

16.2

1,418

P12 - Dyfed Powys

357

78.3

99

21.7

456

374

82.7

78

17.3

452

P13 - Essex

1,585

74.9

530

25.1

2,115

1,869

78.0

526

22.0

2,395

P14 - Gloucestershire

485

80.4

118

19.6

603

593

82.8

123

17.2

716

P15 - Greater Manchester

5,588

80.3

1,372

19.7

6,960

6,092

80.5

1,479

19.5

7,571

P16 - Gwent

784

77.5

227

22.5

1,011

721

79.2

189

20.8

910

P17 - Hampshire

1,978

75.1

657

24.9

2,635

2,195

76.9

661

23.1

2,856

P18 - Hertfordshire

926

71.8

363

28.2

1,289

1,181

76.8

357

23.2

1,538

P19 - Humberside

1,430

87.1

212

12.9

1,642

1,502

85.8

248

14.2

1,750

P20 - Kent

1,491

77.5

432

22.5

1,923

1,988

80.5

481

19.5

2,469

P21 - Lancashire

2,386

78.1

671

21.9

3,057

2,779

82.2

603

17.8

3,382

P22 - Leicestershire

1,239

74.6

421

25.4

1,660

1,146

77.3

337

22.7

1,483

P23 - Lincolnshire

499

79.0

133

21.0

632

513

82.1

112

17.9

625

P25 - London

12,167

69.6

5,317

30.4

17,484

14,656

72.5

5,558

27.5

20,214

P24 - Merseyside

2,306

76.5

707

23.5

3,013

2,422

77.8

693

22.2

3,115

P26 - Norfolk

1,047

86.5

163

13.5

1,210

1,061

89.2

128

10.8

1,189

P27 - Northamptonshire

617

85.2

107

14.8

724

759

89.0

94

11.0

853

P28 - Northumbria

2,032

79.8

513

20.2

2,545

2,466

80.9

584

19.1

3,050

P29 - North Wales

722

82.3

155

17.7

877

815

87.4

117

12.6

932

P30 - North Yorkshire

842

79.2

221

20.8

1,063

764

79.4

198

20.6

962

P31 - Nottinghamshire

1,493

80.0

373

20.0

1,866

1,574

80.3

387

19.7

1,961

P32 - South Wales

1,849

79.0

491

21.0

2,340

2,193

80.4

536

19.6

2,729

P33 - South Yorkshire

2,151

87.6

304

12.4

2,455

2,282

87.0

340

13.0

2,622

P34 - Staffordshire

1,352

83.1

275

16.9

1,627

1,496

83.5

296

16.5

1,792

P35 - Suffolk

588

74.0

207

26.0

795

616

83.8

119

16.2

735

P36 - Surrey

645

76.1

203

23.9

848

833

75.5

270

24.5

1,103

P37 - Sussex

1,715

75.3

562

24.7

2,277

1,896

79.1

501

20.9

2,397

P38 - Thames Valley

1,777

76.2

556

23.8

2,333

1,909

79.5

492

20.5

2,401

P39 - Warwickshire

347

89.9

39

10.1

386

359

89.5

42

10.5

401

P40 - West Mercia

1,319

78.9

353

21.1

1,672

1,236

84.3

230

15.7

1,466

P41 - West Midlands

5,276

77.4

1,543

22.6

6,819

5,389

80.9

1,274

19.1

6,663

P42 - West Yorkshire

2,668

82.8

553

17.2

3,221

3,225

83.5

636

16.5

3,861

P43 - Wiltshire

437

76.0

138

24.0

575

423

81.0

99

19.0

522

2008-09

Convictions

Unsuccessful outcomes

Vol.

%

Vol.

%

Total

42 Areas

84,000

80.9

19,890

19.1

103,890

P01 - Avon and Somerset

1,655

81.4

378

18.6

2,033

P02 - Bedfordshire

813

83.4

162

16.6

975

P03 - Cambridgeshire

944

81.6

213

18.4

1,157

P04 - Cheshire

1,348

82.0

295

18.0

1,643

P06 - Cleveland

1,443

80.5

349

19.5

1,792

P07 - Cumbria

838

81.9

185

18.1

1,023

P08 - Derbyshire

1,266

81.3

291

18.7

1,557

P09 - Devon and Cornwall

1,354

78.8

364

21.2

1,718

P10 - Dorset

634

85.1

111

14.9

745

P11 - Durham

1,268

86.3

201

13.7

1,469

P12 - Dyfed Powys

414

82.1

90

17.9

504

P13 - Essex

1,966

80.1

489

19.9

2,455

P14 - Gloucestershire

708

81.9

156

18.1

864

P15 - Greater Manchester

5,977

84.1

1,130

15.9

7,107

P16 - Gwent

758

76.2

237

23.8

995

P17 - Hampshire

2,268

75.9

722

24.1

2,990

P18 - Hertfordshire

1,097

79.8

278

20.2

1,375

P19 - Humberside

1,758

88.3

233

11.7

1,991

P20 - Kent

1,956

84.7

353

15.3

2,309

P21 - Lancashire

3,087

83.2

625

16.8

3,712

P22 - Leicestershire

1,157

82.6

244

17.4

1,401

P23 - Lincolnshire

666

88.4

87

11.6

753

P25 - London

15,529

73.2

5,688

26.8

21,217

P24 - Merseyside

2,538

81.2

587

18.8

3,125

P26 - Norfolk

1,094

86.8

166

13.2

1,260

P27 - Northamptonshire

890

87.9

122

12.1

1,012

P28 - Northumbria

2,528

82.7

527

17.3

3,055

P29 - North Wales

812

86.8

123

13.2

935

P30 - North Yorkshire

863

80.5

209

19.5

1,072

P31 - Nottinghamshire

1,822

84.9

325

15.1

2,147

P32 - South Wales

2,621

82.2

567

17.8

3,188

P33 - South Yorkshire

2,637

87.6

374

12.4

3,011

P34 - Staffordshire

1,682

85.4

287

14.6

1,969

P35 - Suffolk

702

83.7

137

16.3

839

P36 - Surrey

843

77.6

243

22.4

1,086

P37 - Sussex

2,055

81.9

454

18.1

2,509

P38 - Thames Valley

2,383

79.2

624

20.8

3,007

P39 - Warwickshire

386

89.1

47

10.9

433

P40 - West Mercia

1,227

86.5

192

13.5

1,419

P41 - West Midlands

5,351

82.1

1,163

17.9

6,514

P42 - West Yorkshire

4,115

84.8

737

15.2

4,852

P43 - Wiltshire

547

81.4

125

18.6

672

To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases were discontinued by the Crown Prosecution Service at (a) committal and (b) a later stage for reasons of (i) a lack of preparation and (ii) delay in each of the last five years; and how many cases were dismissed by (A) magistrates courts and (B) Crown courts for those reasons in each of those five years. (305445)

Cases are rarely discontinued at committal for reasons of lack of preparation or delay. If a committal is not ready, the CPS tends to seek an adjournment to enable the file preparation to be completed. If the adjournment is not granted, the CPS will have to offer no evidence and the committal is ‘discharged’.

Table A shows all reasons for which cases were discharged at committal during the four years for which data available. Each applicable reason is also expressed as a proportion of all completed cases in magistrates courts. Table B shows the reasons for which case were dropped in the Crown court following committal for trial, both by volume and as a proportion of completed Crown court cases.

No comparable analysis is maintained of the reasons why cases result in dismissal by the magistrates or acquittal by the jury, as these outcomes are the decision of the court rather than of the prosecution.

Proceedings for an offence that has been discharged at committal because the prosecution is unable to proceed may be re-instituted. After a committal has been discharged, the prosecutor will liaise with the police to consider whether the proceedings can be re-instituted.

Table A: Reasons for discharged committals

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Vol

%

Vol

%

Vol

%

Vol

%

Total Evidential Reasons

1,205

0.1

1,021

0.1

855

0.1

858

0.1

E1 Inadmissible evidence—Breach of PACE

4

0.0

6

0.0

2

0.0

0

0.0

E2 Inadmissible evidence—other than Breach of PACE

20

0.0

15

0.0

1

0.0

6

0.0

E3 Unreliable confession

0

0.0

1

0.0

1

0.0

0

0.0

E4 Conflict of evidence

57

0.0

81

0.0

88

0.0

72

0.0

E5 Essential medical evidence missing

43

0.0

32

0.0

22

0.0

29

0.0

E6 Essential forensic evidence missing

213

0.0

198

0.0

224

0.0

192

0.0

E7 Essential legal element missing

704

0.1

563

0.1

367

0.0

433

0.0

E8 Unreliable witness or witnesses

36

0.0

26

0.0

29

0.0

15

0.0

E9 Key victim does not support case

31

0.0

25

0.0

35

0.0

35

0.0

E10 Key witness does not support case

7

0.0

4

0.0

3

0.0

15

0.0

E11 Unreliable/lack of identification

90

0.0

70

0.0

83

0.0

61

0.0

Total Public Interest Reasons

60

0.0

63

0.0

82

0.0

62

0.0

P12 Effect on victim's physical or mental health

0

0.0

1

0.0

0

0.0

1

0.0

P13 Suspect/Defendant elderly or in significant ill health

1

0.0

2

0.0

7

0.0

8

0.0

P14 Loss or harm minor and single incident

4

0.0

2

0.0

1

0.0

1

0.0

P15 Loss or harm put right

1

0.0

1

0.0

5

0.0

0

0.0

P16 Long delay between offence/charge or trial

8

0.0

6

0.0

10

0.0

9

0.0

P17 Very small or nominal penalty

6

0.0

2

0.0

6

0.0

5

0.0

P18 Other indictment/sentence

26

0.0

36

0.0

45

0.0

26

0.0

P19 Informer or other public interest immunity issues

1

0.0

1

0.0

3

0.0

1

0.0

P20 Caution more suitable

10

0.0

11

0.0

4

0.0

10

0.0

P21 Youth of offender

0

0.0

1

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

P36 Inappropriate to compel victim

2

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

P37 Inappropriate to compel witness

1

0.0

0

0.0

1

0.0

1

0.0

Total Prosecution Unable to Proceed Reasons

1,203

0.1

1,159

0.1

1,246

0.1

1,044

0.1

U22 File not received from police—adjournment refused

693

0.1

580

0.1

616

0.1

556

0.1

U23 CPS not ready—adjournment refused

471

0.0

541

0.1

583

0.1

467

0.1

U24 Offence taken into consideration

6

0.0

1

0.0

3

0.0

2

0.0

U25 Victim refuses to give evidence or retracts

27

0.0

32

0.0

43

0.0

15

0.0

U26 Other witness refuses to give evidence or retracts

5

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

1

0.0

U27 Victim fails to attend unexpectedly

0

0.0

1

0.0

0

0.0

2

0.0

U29 Police witness fails to attend unexpectedly

0

0.0

3

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

U30 Victim intimidation

0

0.0

0

0.0

0

0.0

1

0.0

U32 Documents produced at court

1

0.0

1

0.0

1

0.0

0

0.0

Total Other Reasons

154

0.0

82

0.0

47

0.0

20

0.0

O33 Bind over acceptable

10

0.0

6

0.0

3

0.0

3

0.0

O34 Acquittal after trial

20

0.0

19

0.0

21

0.0

6

0.0

O35 Other

124

0.0

57

0.0

23

0.0

11

0.0

Total discharged committals

2,622

0.2

2,325

0.2

2,230

0.2

1,984

0.2

Total completed magistrates court cases

1,068,745

988,032

966,665

928,708

Table B: Reasons for prosecutions dropped in the Crown court

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Vol

%

Vol

%

Vol

%

Vol

%

Total Evidential Reasons

6,559

7.2

6,712

7.4

7,297

7.5

7,489

7.2

E1 Inadmissible evidence—Breach of PACE

58

0.1

43

0.0

61

0.1

40

0.0

E2 Inadmissible evidence—other than Breach of PACE

140

0.2

61

0.1

72

0.1

51

0.0

E3 Unreliable confession

23

0.0

11

0.0

28

0.0

13

0.0

E4 Conflict of evidence

1,009

1.1

1,136

1.3

1,279

1.3

1,421

1.4

E5 Essential medical evidence missing

61

0.1

41

0.0

53

0.1

44

0.0

E6 Essential forensic evidence missing

224

0.2

197

0.2

287

0.3

276

0.3

E7 Essential legal element missing

1,977

2.2

2,236

2.5

2,403

2.5

2,397

2.3

E8 Unreliable witness or witnesses

1,120

1.2

1,158

1.3

1,048

1.1

1,052

1.0

E9 Key victim does not support case

990

1.1

1,048

1.2

1,126

1.2

1,226

1.2

E10 Key witness does not support case

275

0.3

290

0.3

292

0.3

317

0.3

E11 Unreliable/lack of identification

682

0.7

491

0.5

648

0.7

652

0.6

Total Public Interest Reasons

1,539

1.7

1,538

1.7

1,795

1.8

1,721

1.7

P12 Effect on victim's physical or mental health

137

0.1

112

0.1

119

0.1

102

0.1

P13 Suspect/Defendant elderly or in significant ill health

175

0.2

177

0.2

202

0.2

199

0.2

P14 Loss or harm minor and single incident

14

0.0

32

0.0

22

0.0

31

0.0

P15 Loss or harm put right

32

0.0

42

0.0

45

0.0

40

0.0

P16 Long delay between offence/charge or trial

80

0.1

88

0.1

91

0.1

90

0.1

P17 Very small or nominal penalty

61

0.1

75

0.1

99

0.1

103

0.1

P18 Other indictment/sentence

753

0.8

769

0.9

904

0.9

885

0.9

P19 Informer or other public interest immunity issues

157

0.2

107

0.1

113

0.1

89

0.1

P20 Caution more suitable

78

0.1

78

0.1

93

0.1

96

0.1

P21 Youth of offender

9

0.0

2

0.0

7

0.0

9

0.0

P36 Inappropriate to compel victim

35

0.0

38

0.0

72

0.1

50

0.0

P37 Inappropriate to compel witness

8

0.0

18

0.0

28

0.0

27

0.0

Total Prosecution Unable to Proceed Reasons

2,922

3.2

2,785

3.1

2,318

2.4

2,171

2.1

U22 File not received from police—adjournment refused

54

0.1

40

0.0

25

0.0

21

0.0

U23 CPS not ready—adjournment refused

50

0.1

47

0.1

38

0.0

46

0.0

U24 Offence taken into consideration

41

0.0

49

0.1

34

0.0

45

0.0

U25 Victim refuses to give evidence or retracts

1,729

1.9

1,596

1.8

1,206

1.2

1,039

1.0

U26 Other witness refuses to give evidence or retracts

207

0.2

191

0.2

167

0.2

181

0.2

U27 Victim fails to attend unexpectedly

542

0.6

624

0.7

614

0.6

627

0.6

U28 Other civilian witness fails to attend unexpectedly

216

0.2

174

0.2

177

0.2

151

0.1

U29 Police witness fails to attend unexpectedly

37

0.0

37

0.0

32

0.0

29

0.0

U30 Victim intimidation

1

0.0

5

0.0

1

0.0

6

0.0

U31 Other civilian witness intimidation

2

0.0

2

0.0

0

0.0

1

0.0

U32 Documents produced at court

43

0.0

20

0.0

24

0.0

25

0.0

Total Other Reasons

1,643

1.8

1,255

1.4

1,099

1.1

817

0.8

O33 Bind over acceptable

733

0.8

661

0.7

652

0.7

489

0.5

O34 Acquittal after trial

86

0.1

107

0.1

124

0.1

83

0.1

O35 Other

824

0.9

487

0.5

323

0.3

245

0.2

Total prosecutions dropped

12,663

13.9

12,290

13.6

12,509

12.8

12,198

11.7

Total completed crown court cases

91,358

90,269

97,529

103,890

To ask the Solicitor-General how many employment tribunals are considering cases relating to Crown Prosecution Service staff. (305509)

There are currently 20 employment tribunal cases, lodged against the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) by CPS staff.