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Discontinued Cases (Merseyside)

May 24, 2004

Question written on 24/05/2004

To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases in the Merseyside area were referred to (a) the Crown court and (b) a magistrates court in each year since 1997; and how many of those cases were subsequently discontinued.

Answered by Harriet Harman

The following tables show the number of cases received by CPS Merseyside in the magistrates courts and in the Crown court in each year since 1997. Magistrates courts receipts include cases referred to the Crown Prosecution Service by the police for pre-charge advice and non-criminal proceedings, as well as cases referred to the Service for prosecution. Crown court receipts include appeals and committals for sentence, as well as cases committed for trial.The tables show the outcome of cases prosecuted, both in numerical terms and as a proportion of completed cases. The number and percentage of cases discontinued in the magistrates courts, and the number and percentage resulting in a judge ordered acquittal in the Crown court, are included for each year. 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003No.%No.%No.%No.%No.%No.%No.%47,08045,55747,96949,15842,30746,87648,3835,45113.15,55013.76,50215.26,75915.96,08416.35,44714.05,58413.93,1387.62,1125.23,4348.03,0427.22,2556.02,2605.81,7494.4410.1390.1480.1110.070.00.0670.2470.1560.1810.2780.2850.2880.21100.39462.36731.74571.17081 .76221 .75201.36471 .625,60361.726,37465.025,61559.924,48757.623,17361.924,70663.425,08862.44,22610.24,13710.25,01211.75,88313.83,98910.74,98512.85,83414.52,0514.91,6624.11,6193.81,5413.61,2003.29452.41,1142.89,62323.28,43020.810,52224.610,59824.99,05324.28,3152138,75720.331,88076.832,17379.232,24675.431,91175.128,36275.830,63678.732,03679.7 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003No.%No.%No.%No.%No.%No.%No.%5,0224,8544,4114,5693,9474,1834,51844710.963714.844312.758916.068719.065418.068618.9451.11232.91885.41233.31423.91233.4782.2561 .4521.2491 .4611 .7641 .8752.1852.32736.72535.92597.42637.13309.12998.23018.32,96972.42,84366.02,17862.62,33063.22,06256.92,10557.82,15159.33137.63979.236310.43238.83389.338410.53248.982120.01,06524.793927.07,03628.77,22333.87,75737.67,75031.73,28280.03,24075.32,54173.02,65377.92,40066.22,48968.42,47568.3