HC Deb 24 July 2002 vol 389 c1303W
Mr. Chope

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what proportion of trials were ineffective in each of the last three years. [71645]

Yvette Cooper

A criminal trial is deemed as being ineffective when, for some reason, it cannot proceed on the day it has been listed for hearing and has to be re-listed at a later date. Figures relating to the proportion of ineffective criminal trials in the Crown court are set out in the table. This information is not available for the magistrates courts. Data on ineffective cases in the magistrates courts did not start to be collected on a national basis (England and Wales) until April of this year. The first quarterly figures should be available in September 2002.

Total cases listed for trial Total ineffective trials Proportion of ineffective trials (%)
1999 50,791 12,444 24.5
2000 51,510 12,468 24.2
2001 52,338 12,612 24.1