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Parliamentary Written Question (Correction)

Volume 518: debated on Wednesday 10 November 2010

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Dudley North (Ian Austin) on 19 July 2010, Official Report, columns 45-46W. The correct answer is as follows:

The number of court proceedings processed in the magistrates courts in England and Wales, England, and the West Midlands Local Criminal Justice Board area, from 2007 to 2009, is given in the table. Statistics are not available prior to 2007 on a comparable basis.

Table 1. Completed court proceedings in the magistrates courts, England and Wales, 2007-2009

Year

Area

Total number ofcompleted criminal proceedings(including breaches)

Total number of completed non-criminal proceedings

Total number of completed court proceedings

2007

England and Wales

2,184,000

981,000

3,165,000

England

2,051,000

923,000

2,974,000

West Midlands

132,000

62,000

194,000

2008

England and Wales

2,031,000

977,000

3,008,000

England

1,909,000

917,000

2,826,000

West Midlands

121,000

63,400

184,000

2009

England and Wales

1,913,000

974,000

2,887,000

England

1,797,000

910,000

2,708,000

West Midlands

107,000

66,000

173,000

Source:

HM Courts Service Completed Proceedings database, collected through the HM Courts Service Performance Database (“OPT”) and by manual data returns prior to April 2007.

Notes:

(1) All figures are given to the nearest thousand.

(2) Criminal proceedings include indictable/Triable-Either-Way, adult breach proceedings, adult summary motoring and non-motoring proceedings, and youth proceedings.

(3) Civil and family applications include care proceedings, Children Act 1989 section 8 Orders, emergency protection orders, licensing, other civil applications and others. Other includes means inquiries, representation orders and special jurisdiction.

(4) Prior to April 2007, data were collected through different data collection systems and therefore not directly comparable with those given in the table, based on HMCS Performance database (OPT). For this reason, the table shows the figures from 2007 only. In addition, the case management system used in the magistrates courts was updated between December 2005 and December 2008, from multiple legacy systems to Libra. Libra was rolled out in the West Midlands courts between March-October 2008.

(5) The above stated figures may not be directly compared with those published prior to the Judicial and Court Statistics 2008 bulletins, due to figures being derived from a different data source.