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Crime: Bail

Volume 704: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many people absconded in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years while on bail awaiting sentencing. [HL5581]

The table below details the number of defendants on bail in the Crown Court and magistrates' court in Northern Ireland who had a bench warrant (Crown Court) or arrest warrant (magistrates' court) issued against them for failing to attend court between a finding of guilt/conviction and sentence.

It is not possible to provide information prior to October 2006 as this information was not centrally collated before that date.

Defendants with a bench warrant or warrant of arrest issued between conviction/finding of guilt and sentence

Oct 2006 to Sep 2007

Oct 2007 to Sep 2008

Crown Court

21

17

Magistrates' Court

932

820

Total

953

837