National Statistics

Criminal court statistics (quarterly): April to June 2018

The latest statistics on type and volume of cases received and processed through the criminal court system including statistics on the use of language interpreter and translation services in courts and tribunals, England and Wales, April to June 2018.

Documents

Criminal court statistics: April to June 2018 (main tables)

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Criminal court statistics: April to June 2018 (main tables)

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Criminal courts listings transparency

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Criminal courts timeliness

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Crown Court receipts, disposals and outstanding cases by offence group

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Crown court statistics data tool for statistics by offence group

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Language interpreter and translation services: April to June 2018

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Language interpreter and translation services: April to June 2018

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Crown court information data on the crown court of England and Wales

Guide to criminal court statistics

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Details

This is the quarterly 2018 Q2 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, including statistics on the use of language interpreter and translation services in courts and tribunals. There is also information concerning the enforcement of financial penalties in England and Wales.

There is a new table in the publication; additional age-group breakdowns for juror summons (as pre-announced last quarter). This is a guest chapter and will continue to be published as part of future annual publications, therefore the tables are looking at 2017 annual figures in line with jurors summons tables published in the previous quarter.

The Crown Court information release is published as management information on the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary website.

Criminal courts

  • In magistrates’ courts, receipts decreased by 1% between Q1 2018 and Q2 2018, whilst disposals decreased by 2%. Overall in 2018 Q2, disposals were higher than receipts which resulted in the number of outstanding cases decreasing by 1% from 291,700 in Q1 2018 to 288,000 at the end of Q2 2018.
  • In the Crown Court both receipts and disposals fell during Q2 2018, by 3% and 5% respectively from Q1 2018. Disposals remained higher than receipts in Q2 2018, continuing to drive the decrease in outstanding cases to 34,300 at the end of Q2 2018, the lowest number in the quarterly time-series.
  • In Q2 2018, the proportion of effective trials in the Crown Court for all offences was 51%. A trial is classified as effective once a jury has been sworn in, regardless of whether they go on to reach a verdict.
  • Average hearing times for all trial cases have increased from 5.6 hours in Q1 2018 to 7.0 hours in Q2 2018. This data tends to be revised downwards by an average of 1.7 days when updated in future quarters,
  • For cases completing in the Crown Court the average number of days from first listing at the magistrates’ court to completion in the Crown Court increased from 176 days in Q1 2018 to 177 days in Q2 2018 and has been fairly stable since the start of 2017.
  • Total financial impositions have decreased by 3% in Q2 2018, mostly driven by a 23% decrease in compensations.

Use of language interpreter and translation services

  • The success rate for completed language interpreter and translation service requests decreased slightly from 98% in Q1 2018 to 97% in Q2 2018.
  • The complaint rate remained at 1%.

Criminal Court statistics quarterly, December 2018

The next criminal court statistics quarterly will include the same content as previous quarterly publications.

Pre-release

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:

MOJ:

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; 10 Press Officers and 11 Private Secretaries.

Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunals Service:

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

Published 27 September 2018
Last updated 3 October 2018 + show all updates
  1. As part of ongoing quality assurance checks, some of the figures in the timeliness tables T1, T2, T3, T5 and T6 have been updated. This has an impact on some of the offence durations and offence breakdown figures, but has not had any impact on any of the England and Wales figures in any of the timeliness tables.
  2. As part of ongoing quality assurance checks, some of the figures in the timeliness tables T1, T2, T3, T5 and T6 have been updated. This has an impact on some of the offence durations and offence breakdown figures, but has not had any impact on any of the England and Wales figures in any of the timeliness tables.
  3. First published.