This is the quarterly 2018 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.
- Receipts in to the magistrates’ courts continue to fall, down 3% on the previous quarter and 4% on the previous year. This is broadly in line with trends in police charges (down 7% in the 12 months to June 2018) and proceedings at magistrates’ courts (down 4% in the 12 months to June 2018).
- Despite a 3% decrease in magistrates’ disposals in Q3 2018, they remained higher than receipts for a third consecutive quarter – meaning outstanding cases fell (2%).
- Similarly, Crown Court disposals remained higher than receipts, continuing the decrease in outstanding cases to 33,400 in Q3 2018 (down 5% on previous quarter and 15% on the previous year).
- Outstanding violence against the person cases decreased to 6,700, whilst continuing to have the highest volume of receipts, disposals and outstanding cases in the Crown Court.
- The average number of days from first listing to completion in the Crown Court for all offences decreased from 177 days in Q2 2018 to 174 days in Q3 2018, remaining stable since the start of 2017. For fraud and sexual offences were the offence groups that took the longest time to complete, the average number of days from first listing to completion increased by 46 days (19%) for fraud and 15 days (6%) for sexual offences.
- Total financial impositions have decreased by 6% in Q3 2018, mostly driven by a decrease of nearly £7.4m in fines.
Use of language interpreter and translation services
- The success rate for completed language interpreter and translation service requests remained the same at about 97%
- The complaint rate remained at 1%.
- The number of ‘off-contract’ language request increased by 50% in Q3 2018 compared to Q2 2018.
Criminal Court statistics quarterly, March 2019
The next criminal court statistics quarterly will include the same content as previous quarterly publications.
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