Acquittal Rates in the Magistrates' Courts

S Skinner made this Freedom of Information request to Ministry of Justice

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From: S Skinner

3 November 2009

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please could you provide the following statistics relating to
magistrates' courts in England and Wales (divided into petty
sessions area) for the past three years:

1) Number of defendants tried summarily following a plea of not
guilty;

2) Of the defendants tried, the number acquitted at half time,
following a submission of no case to answer;

3) Of the defendants tried, the number acquitted after trial.

Please provide a breakdown of the figures in as much detail as
possible, including but not restricted to: a) youths b) adults c)
category of offence d) gender of defendant e) tried by district
judge or lay bench.

Many thanks

Yours faithfully,

S Skinner

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From: Over, Darren (ARU)
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5 November 2009


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Dear S Skinner,

Thank you for your email dated 3rd November 2009, please see the
attached letter in relation to your freedom of information request.

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From: Chambers, Sharon
Ministry of Justice

24 November 2009


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Dear Mr Skinner,

Thank you for your e.mail below about statistics relating to the
magistrates' courts, which has been passed to me for response.

Please find attached my reply.

Thanks.

Sharon.

Sharon Chambers
Her Majesty's Courts Service / Operations and Performance Directorate -
Supporting our people, courts & processes

HMCS Business Information Division
2nd Floor - 2.23
102 Petty France
London SW1H 9AJ

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