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CPS Prosecutions (Essex)

Mr. Amess: To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases under section 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, as amended, were referred to Essex Crown Prosecution Service in each year from 2000; and in how many of these cases prosecutions were brought. [211056]

The Solicitor-General: Records are not available for the whole period requested and it is not possible to break the figures down into number of cases referred and number prosecuted. For the period February 2004 to December 2004, CPS Essex handled prosecutions in respect of 130 offences under s18 Offences Against the Person Act 1861.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to her answer of 13 January 2005, Official Report, column 930W, on Crown Prosecution Service prosecutions, what the nature of the offences committed by the defendants being prosecuted by Essex Crown Prosecution Service were; how many defendants were (a) convicted and (b) acquitted; and what the average cost of the prosecution in such cases was in each year since 2000. [211068]

The Solicitor-General: The Crown Prosecution Service only introduced a system for the recording and analysis of principal offence types in September 2004. Atable of the principal offence types and outcomes for the period since September 2004 is as follows.

Average prosecution costs are calculated nationally and so average prosecution costs for Essex are not available. The average cost for a defendant prosecuted for a summary offence in the magistrates court, is £390.80. To prosecute a defendant for an either way offence in the magistrates court, the average cost is £393.

The average cost for a defendant prosecuted in the Crown court following a mixture of guilty and not guilty pleas, is £1,256. For a defendant who pleads not guilty to all charges the average cost of a prosecution is £1,293. A table showing the breakdown of costs by case disposal is as follows.
Principal offence types for defendants prosecuted by CPS Essex 2004

Discontinued (including Judge Ordered Acquittals)Discharged CommittalsJudge Directed Acquittals and Dismissals no Case to AnswerAcquittals and Dismissals
after Trial
Proofs in Absence
BOffences Against The Person2114548532
CSexual Offences1310770
FTheft and Handling634112130
GFraud and Forgery1130220
HCriminal Damage390110110
IDrugs Offences621120
JPublic Order Offences560113144
KAll Other Offences (excluding Motoring)3610552
LMotoring Offences99052732990

Guilty PleasConvictions after TrialTotal Unsuccessful Outcomes (excluding Administrative Finalisations)PercentageTotal ConvictionsPercentageTotal
BOffences Against The Person4337026834.750565.3773
CSexual Offences26112136.23763.858
FTheft And Handling648258010.667389.4753
GFraud And Forgery4711625.04875.064
HCriminal Damage20695018.921581.1265
IDrugs Offences16112105.517394.5183
JPublic Order Offences273177019.229480.8364
KAll Other Offences (excluding Motoring)245294213.227686.8318
LMotoring Offences1,5241211314.72,63595.32,766

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Crown Prosecution Service records include an analysis of the principal offence type for which each defendant was prosecuted and, within that analysis, an indication of the outcome of proceedings. The information from these records is as follows in respect of CPS Essex, including the number of acquittals.

It should be noted that this information is incomplete in two respects:

Costs per defendant finalised—National

Finalisation categoryLawyerDCWAdminTotal
Magistrates court
Guilty Summary22.916.9812.3542.24
Guilty Either way67.425.7718.9292.11
Discharged Committal152.424.4248.39205.23
Prosecution dropped101.164.5626.13131.85
Write off54.946.9914.8176.74
Other Proceedings22.727.858.3238.89
Trial—Either way324.632.5365.82392.98
Pre Charge Decision29.070.000.0629.13
Youth case (additional to PI above)24.6709.7334.40
Late Guilty" (additional to PI above)96.78040.03136.81
Crown court
Timeous Guilty482.45173.4786.42742.34
Late Guilty544.49211.74102.83859.06
Not guilty Contest620.65547.65124.751,293.05
Guilty/Not Guilty Contest598.26534.01122.711,254.98
Prosecution dropped543.82180.2696.20820.28
Write off458.68148.3978.47685.54
Committal for sentence36.5055.8935.36127.75

Mr. Amess: To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2005, Official Report, columns 345–46W, on Crown Prosecution Service prosecutions (Essex), what the cost to public funds was of prosecutions (a) in each year since 1997 and (b) for the period to September 2004; and if she will make a statement. [213869]

The Solicitor-General: The costs of prosecutions to public funds are divided into two categories. The first is the prosecution cost and the second is administration costs. The Crown Prosecution Service uses financial years for managing budgets and costs.
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The table shows prosecution and administrative costs incurred by CPS Essex during each financial year since April 1997. Administration costs include all payroll costs and other non-payroll administration costs.
CPS Essex—Prosecution costs (1997 to September 2004)

Financial yearProsecutionAdministrative
2004–2005 (to September 2004)1,685,4303,093,535

European Court of Justice

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to her answer of 17 January 2005, Official Report, column 663W, on the Court of Justice, if she will make a statement on UK interest in the case; and in how many instances since 1997 the UK has acted as an intervening state. [211459]

The Solicitor-General: The UK supported the Commission in this case as it raised important questions about the operation of the single market. However, after considering the Pleadings the UK felt that that it could add nothing of value to the Commission's case.

The information on the number of instances in which the UK acted as intervening state since 1997 is not collected centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, the UK participated in 165 cases brought in the European Court between February 2003 and December 2004.

Football Banning Orders

Mr. Amess: To ask the Solicitor-General how many football banning order cases the Crown Prosecution Service has brought in (a) Essex and (b) England and Wales in each year since 1997; and how many of these resulted in (i) conviction and (ii) acquittal. [210454]

The Solicitor-General: The following table sets out the relevant figures. The figures relate to persons for whom these sentences were for the principal offences for which
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they were found guilty. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same
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disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.
Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates court and convicted at all courts for offences related to football banning orders. England and Wales and Essex police force area, 1997 to 2003

England and Wales
Offence descriptionPrincipal statuteYearProceeded againstFound guiltyAcquittedProceeded againstFound guiltyAcquitted
12530 breach of a domestic football banning orderPublic Order Act 1986 S.32(3)199755
12559 Failure to comply with requirements of Football Banning OrderFootball Spectators Act 1 989 S.14J1997
50200 Other offences related to Football Banning OrdersFootball Spectators Act SS.14B, 21B and 221997
Failing to comply with the duty to report imposed by a restriction orderFootball Banning Order Act S.14(4)1997
Failing to comply with requirements necessary to give effect to restriction ordersFootball Spectators Act 1989 S.19(6)199722

(1)Staffordshire police force were only able to submit sample data for persons proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates courts for the year 2000. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at a detailed level and have been excluded from the table.
These Data are on a principle offence basis.
RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform IOS: 039—04

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