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Courts: Northern Ireland

Volume 716: debated on Tuesday 5 January 2010

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what number and proportion of criminal cases were heard in (a) the Crown Court, and (b) magistrates' courts, in Northern Ireland in the past three years. [HL698]

The Northern Ireland Court Service collects information about criminal cases in Northern Ireland. In the Crown Court, information is collected by case and defendant, In the magistrates' courts and youth court information is collected by defendant. There may be more than one defendant in a case.

The following table details figures for the last three years for which validated judicial statistics are available. The table shows the number of defendants dealt with in the Crown Court, adult defendants in the magistrates' courts and youth defendants dealt with in the youth court as well as the proportion of criminal defendants dealt with by each court tier.

Year

Crown Court Defendants

% of Defendants

Magistrates' Courts Defendants

% of Defendants

Youth Court Defendants

% of defendants

2006

1543

2.7

53710

92.5

2808

4.8

2007

1818

3.0

55698

91.6

3289

5.4

2008

1733

3.1

51385

91.4

3091

5.5