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Crime: Domestic Violence

Volume 707: debated on Tuesday 27 January 2009

Questions

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of cases involving domestic violence passed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) by the police are proceeded with in (a) specialist domestic violence courts, and (b) other courts; and what proportion of cases are dropped by the CPS without being heard in court. [HL488]

While the records held by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) include a count of cases proceeded with in specialist domestic violence courts, these data are not yet considered sufficiently robust to provide a reliable indication of the relative workload of these courts. The CPS is working with the cross-agency Specialist Domestic Violence Courts Steering Group to ensure improvements in the recording and analysis of information on these proceedings in future.

The table below shows the number of defendants prosecuted for domestic violence in all courts during the year ending December 2008, together with the outcome of proceedings. Convictions were recorded in respect of 47,451 defendants, representing 72 per cent of the total. Unsuccessful outcomes were recorded for a further 18,490 defendants, representing 28 per cent of the total. The latter included 14,348 proceedings dropped by the CPS before evidence was heard in court, amounting to 21.8 per cent of completed cases of domestic violence.

January-December 2008

Outcome

Number

%

Administrative Finalisation

650

1.0

Discharged Committal

140

0.2

Prosecutions Dropped

14,348

21.8

Dismissed after Trial

2,493

3.8

No Case to Answer

275

0.4

Judge-directed Acquittal

80

0.1

Jury Acquittal

504

0.8

Unsuccessful Outcomes

18,490

28.0

Guilty Plea

42,552

64.5

Conviction after Trial

4,790

7.3

Proof in Absence

109

0.2

Conviction Outcomes

47,451

72.0

Total Outcomes

65,941

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 12 January (WA 91), what were the imprisonable offences created by regulations since May 1997. [HL662]