This is the quarterly 2017 Q3 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.
The Crown Court information release is published as management information on the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary website.
- Despite receipts being slightly higher than disposals in Q3 2017, the number of outstanding cases remained fairly similar to the previous quarter, at 285,000 in Q3 2017.
- Disposals remained higher than receipts in the quarter, continuing to drive the decrease in outstanding cases to 38,700, the lowest number in the quarterly time series.
- In Q3 2017 the number of outstanding violence against the person cases decreased to 7,400, whilst continuing to have the highest volume of receipts, disposals and outstanding cases.
- For cases completing in the Crown court, the average number of days from first listing to completion in the Crown court decreases from 174 days in Q2 2017 to 172 days in Q3 2017.
- Total financial impositions have decreased by 12% in the latest quarter, mostly driven by the decrease in fines following one high imposition in Q2 2017.
Use of language interpreter and translation services
- The success rate for completed service requests was 98% in Q3 2017, the same as the previous quarter.
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