This is the quarterly April to June (Q2) 2017 criminal courts publication, and the statistics here 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.
The Crown Court information release is published as management information on the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary website.
- Disposals were higher than receipts in Q2 2017, which resulted in a small decrease in outstanding cases from 288,700 in Q1 2017 to 283,800 in Q2 2017
- Disposals remained higher than receipts in the quarter, continuing to drive the decrease in outstanding cases to 39,600, the lowest number since Q1 2013
- In Q2 2017, violence against the person offences had the highest volume of receipts, disposals and outstanding cases, although outstanding cases had decreased from 7,800 in Q1 2017 to 7,500 in Q2 2017
- For cases completing in the Crown Court, the average number of days from first listing to completion in the Crown Court decreased from 178 days in Q1 2017 to 174 days in Q2 2017
- total financial impositions have increased in the latest quarter, mostly driven by the £22.2 million increase in fines
Use of language interpreter and translation services
The success rate for completed language interpreter and translation service requests was 98% in Q2 2017, a one percentage point increase compared to Q1 2017.
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Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice; Minister of State for Justice; Ministry of Justice spokesperson in the Lords; Lord Chief Justice; Permanent Secretary; Chief Financial Officer; Director, Criminal Justice Policy; Deputy Director, Criminal Courts Policy; Criminal Court Reform Lead; Jurisdictional and Operational Support Manager; Head of Analytical Services; Chief Statistician; Attorney General’s Office; 4 Press Officers and 9 Private Secretaries.
Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunals Service (HMCTS)
Chief Executive, HMCTS; Deputy Chief Executive, HMCTS; Deputy Director of Legal Services, Court Users and Summary Justice Reform; Head of Operational Performance; Head of Criminal Enforcement team, HMCTS; Head of data and management information, HMCTS; Head of Management Information Systems; Head of Communications; Head of News; Jurisdictional Operation manager and Head of Contracted Services and Performance for HMCTS Operations Directorate.