Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service
11th May 2012
Crown Court Statistics (Provisional Statistics)
January – March 2012
Figures published today by the NI Courts and Tribunals Service in the quarterly Crown Court Bulletin outline the Crown court business received and dealt with from the quarter January – March 2012
During the quarter;
- There were 435 Crown cases received
- 570 defendants were received in Crown Court
- The average time from committal to hearing was 146 days
- There were 730 Crown court sittings
Notes for Editors
During Jan - Mar 2012:
- Cases received and dealt with:
There were 435 Crown cases received during January to March 2012. This was a 5% increase on the 414 received during January to March 2011.
- Defendants received and dealt with:
570 defendants were received in Crown Court during January to March 2012 (a 2% increase since the same period last year, when 557 defendants were received).
- Waiting times:
The average time from committal to hearing for January to March 2012 was 146 days, compared with 126 days for the same period in 2011.
County Court Judges disposed of 96% of defendants (653), compared with 99% (532) of defendants in January to March 2011. 14% of defendants were charged solely with offences against the person while 44% of defendants had a combination of charges
- Pleas and findings:
Of the 679 defendants disposed in January to March 2012, 266 (39%) pleaded guilty to all charges, compared with 242 (45%) during January to March 2011.
- Crown Court sittings:
In total there were 730 Crown court sittings for January to March 2012 compared with 826 for January to March 2011 (a decrease of 12%), with a total time of 2470 hours sat compared with 2671 hours sat during the same period last year.
Figures are computed from a live database and may change due to late returns and further validations.
Date of disposal is based on the date of sentencing, date of acquittal or date a bill of indictment is not proceeded with.
Waiting times do not exclude recess.
The full version is available on the NI Courts and Tribunals Service website.
If you have any further queries or if you have difficulty viewing the figures please contact:
Northern Ireland Court Service
23-27 Oxford Street
Tel. 028 9041 2905