HC Deb 12 July 1999 vol 335 cc79-80W
Mr. Stinchcombe

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what evidence he based his statement to the Police Federation on 19 May concerning the proportion of either-way cases in the previous year in which defendants chose to be heard before a jury and the plea was changed to a guilty one. [90754]

Mr. Boateng

Crown Prosecution Service statistics for 1998 show that 18,500 defendants elected trial in 1998 in addition to 46,800 either-way cases directed to the Crown

Court by magistrates. During the same period 74 per cent. of all defendants pleaded guilty before the commencement of the Crown Court trial.

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