The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts and found guilty at all courts for rape of a male and female, England and Wales 2004 to 2008 (latest available) can be viewed in the following table. The table includes conviction rate figures which are based on the proportion of defendants proceeded against who were found guilty.
Court data for 2009 are planned for publication in the autumn, 2010.
Year Proceeded against Found guilty Conviction rate (%)(2) 2004 2,453 644 26 2005 2,558 694 27 2006 2,335 754 32 2007 2,138 777 36 2008 2,181 822 38
Conviction rate (%)(2)
(1) Includes: Rape of a female and male (excludes attempted rape).
(2) Proportion of defendants proceeded against who were found guilty.
(3) The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.
(4) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
(5) Excludes data for Cardiff magistrates' court for April, July, and August 2008.
Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services in the Ministry of Justice.
Rape prosecutions are a matter for the Crown Prosecution Service. However, this information is not collated centrally as no central record is maintained of defences in these cases.