The quarterly releases are released by the Ministry of Justice and produced in accordance with arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
This quarterly bulletin presents the latest statistics on Gender Recognition Certificates applied for and granted by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service’s Gender Recognition Panel during the quarter January to March 2013, along with quarterly data since April 2009.
The Gender Recognition Panel was established by the Gender Recognition Act 2004, which enables transsexual people to change their legal gender and gain the rights and responsibilities of their acquired gender. All applications are determined by the Panel and successful applicants receive a Gender Recognition Certificate.
There are two application processes for obtaining a Gender Recognition Certificate:
- Standard track applications are those submitted under the standard application process, on the basis of living permanently in the acquired gender.
- Overseas track applications are those submitted under the overseas application process, on the basis of having changed gender under the law of an approved country or territory outside the United Kingdom.
The number of applications for gender recognition received in January to March 2013 was slightly below average.
During the same period, 56 applications were dealt with, also below average. A full Gender Recognition Certificate was issued in the majority of cases. In line with the usual trend, two thirds of which were to individuals who were registered male at birth.
At the end of March 2013, there were about a quarter more applications pending than average.
The bulletin is produced and handled by the ministry’s analytical professionals and production staff.
In addition to Ministry of Justice professional and production staff, pre-release access to the provisional court statistics of up to 24 hours is granted to the following postholders: Ministry of Justice: Ministry of Justice: Secretary of State, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Permanent Secretary, Head of Legal Services Commission, Director General of Finance and Public Services, Head of Analytical Services, Chief Statistician, Press Officers and Relevant Special Advisers.