Statistics on type and volume of cases received and processed through the criminal court system of England and Wales in April to June 2016.
The Crown Court information release is published as management information on the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary website. These statistics focus on key trends in case volume and progression through the criminal court system in England and Wales. There is also information concerning the enforcement of financial penalties in England and Wales.
- Disposals in magistrates’ courts remain higher than receipts, resulting in the outstanding magistrates’ court caseload dropping to 291,700 at the end of Q2 2016, the lowest level since Q4 2013.
- Outstanding cases in the Crown Court have been gradually decreasing since Q4 2014. Between Q1 2016 and Q2 2016 they declined by 9% to 43,200 cases, the lowest number of outstanding cases since Q2 2013.
- Over the last 12 months, for cases completing in the Crown Court, the average number of days from first listing to completion in the Crown Court decreased overall from 204 days in Q2 2015 to 185 days in Q2 2016.
- Hearing times for not guilty trials in the Crown Court has increased over the last three quarters to a peak of 15.3 hours in Q2 2016. Hearing times for guilty plea trials have increased to 1.7 hours into Q2 2016.
In addition to Ministry of Justice (MOJ) professional and production staff, pre-release access to the quarterly statistics of up to 24 hours is granted to the following postholders:
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice; Minister of State, Courts and justice; Lord Chief Justice; Permanent Secretary; Chief Financial Officer; Director General, Criminal Justice Group; Deputy Director, Criminal Courts Policy; Head of Criminal Procedure, Criminal Courts Procedure Policy; Criminal Courts Policy; Head of Analytical Services; Chief Statistician; Attorney General’s Office; 6 Press Officers; 3 Special Advisers and 6 Private Secretaries.
Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunals Service:
Chief executive; Deputy Director, Performance, Analysis and Reporting; Director of HMCTS Operations; Deputy Director, Legal Operations; Director, Finance; Head of Crown Court Jurisdictional Support Team, Crime & Crown; Head of Operational Performance; Head of National Compliance and Enforcement Service Operational Support Team; MIS Team Leader and Performance Information Manager.