HC Deb 01 March 1999 vol 326 cc555-6W
Mr. Singh

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what is the total number of cases referred to, and awaiting review by, the Criminal Cases Review Commission; [72772]

(2) how many cases are awaiting intensive review by the case review managers that work for the Criminal Cases Review Commission. [72771]

Pilot project Area Date pilot started
Youth Justice—Measures contained in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998:
(1) The final warning scheme London Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, 30 September 1998
(2) The repatriation order Kensington and Chelsea and the City of Westminster;
(3) Action plan order Southampton; Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight;
Wolverhampton; Sheffield (1) to (5)
(4) Child safety order and parenting order Blackburn (1) (2) (5)
(5) Youth offending teams London Borough of Lewisham; Luton and Bedfordshire;
Devon; St. Helens; Sunderland (4) (5)
Reducing delays in the criminal justice system—pilots of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 provisions to speed up the criminal justice system: Blackburn and Burnley; Croydon, Bromley and Sutton; Northamptonshire; North Staffordshire; North Wales; and Tyneside October 1998. January 1999 for those relating to the sending of cases to the Crown Court
Getting cases into court the day after charge or as soon as possible thereafter;
Crown Prosecution Service staff working alongside the police in the police stations to get cases ready for court;
Crown Prosecution Service using trained lay staff to prosecute straightforward guilty plea cases in the magistrates' courts in Early First Hearings.
Introduction of Early Administrative Hearings in the magistrates' courts to be presided over by a single Justice or Justices' Clerk to manage the pre-trial preparation of all magistrates' court cases;
Free legal advice from the duty solicitor at court for defendants attending Early First Hearings or Early Administrative Hearings. Introduction of tougher bail conditions to increase the use of securities and enable the courts to require a defendant to attend an interview with his legal representative.
Sending indictable-only cases to the Crown Court after only one preliminary hearing in the magistrates' court.
Drug Treatment and Testing Orders Liverpool; Gloucestershire; Croydon 1 October 1998
Pathfinder projects—to identify examples of best practice and share them amongst probation services: September 1998
1. Programme Solving, Training and Offending Behaviour Devon, Teesside and Greater Manchester
2. Thames Valley Sex Offender Programme Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire
3. Women Offenders Programme Hereford and Worcestershire

Kate Hoey

I understand that, at the end of January, 1,055 cases were awaiting review by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (of which 1,010 were awaiting detailed review) and 482 cases were under active review.