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Police: Northern Ireland

Volume 707: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland has not brought to court because it would not be in the public interest. [HL1014]

The information sought is published in the Public Prosecution Service annual report.

In the year 2007-08 the PPS made 67,795 prosecutorial decisions. In 18,548 of those decisions the PPS concluded that the test for prosecution was not met. Of that number, 1,619 were decisions that prosecution was not necessary in the public interest. Additionally, in 10,714 cases, the PPS concluded that the public interest was best met by diversion, taking the offender out of the criminal justice system and dealing with the matter by way of caution, informed warning, youth conference or Northern Ireland driver improvement scheme.