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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-05-01more like thismore than 2019-05-01
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Prosecutions: West Midlands remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, in how many cases did the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service decide not to charge a suspect on the grounds of (a) the evidential test and (b) the public interest test in each of the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Edgbaston more like this
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Preet Kaur Gill more like this
star this property uin 249931 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-08more like thismore than 2019-05-08
star this property answer text <p>The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) maintains a central record of the number of suspects referred to prosecutors for a pre-charge decision and the number of decisions not to prosecute suspects following the charging decision.</p><p>When prosecutors make decisions on cases, they refer to The Code for Crown Prosecutors. The Code contains a two stage test which has to be met before a suspect can be charged; the evidential stage followed by the public interest stage. When deciding whether there is enough evidence to charge, prosecutors must consider whether evidence can be used in court and is reliable and credible, and there is no other material that might affect the sufficiency of evidence. Prosecutors must be satisfied there is enough evidence to provide a &quot;realistic prospect of conviction&quot; against each defendant. At the public interest stage the prosecutor must consider whether a prosecution is required in the public interest. A prosecution will usually take place unless the prosecutor is sure that the public interest factors tending against prosecution outweigh those tending in favour.</p><p>The table below shows the volume and percentage of decisions not to prosecute for evidential and public interest reasons for the West Midlands Area in each year from 2013/14 to 2017/18.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td colspan="2"><p><strong>2013-2014</strong></p></td><td colspan="2"><p><strong>2014-2015</strong></p></td><td colspan="2"><p><strong>2015-2016</strong></p></td><td colspan="2"><p><strong>2016-2017</strong></p></td><td colspan="2"><p><strong>2017-2018</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p><strong>Volume</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>%</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Volume</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>%</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Volume</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>%</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Volume</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>%</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Volume</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>%</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>No Prosecution - Evidential</p></td><td><p>4,760</p></td><td><p>18.8%</p></td><td><p>5,396</p></td><td><p>16.1%</p></td><td><p>4,580</p></td><td><p>18.7%</p></td><td><p>4,479</p></td><td><p>17.4%</p></td><td><p>3,589</p></td><td><p>13.8%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>No Prosecution - Public Interest</p></td><td><p>152</p></td><td><p>0.6%</p></td><td><p>584</p></td><td><p>1.7%</p></td><td><p>165</p></td><td><p>0.7%</p></td><td><p>164</p></td><td><p>0.6%</p></td><td><p>183</p></td><td><p>0.7%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Total of Evidential &amp; Public Interest</p></td><td><p>4,912</p></td><td><p>19.4%</p></td><td><p>5,980</p></td><td><p>17.8%</p></td><td><p>4,745</p></td><td><p>19.3%</p></td><td><p>4,643</p></td><td><p>18.1%</p></td><td><p>3,772</p></td><td><p>14.5%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Total Decisions Made</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>25,360</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>33,600</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>24,542</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>25,708</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>26,026</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="3"><p>Data Source: CPS Management Information System</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr></tbody></table>
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Robert Buckland more like this
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less than 2019-05-08T08:46:56.38Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-08T08:46:56.38Z
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star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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4603
unstar this property label Biography information for Preet Kaur Gill more like this
1126592
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star this property date less than 2019-05-14more like thismore than 2019-05-14
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Prosecutions: West Midlands remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 8 May 2019 to Question 249931 on Prosecutions: West Midlands, what the average time was for the CPS to reach a decision in the West Midlands in each of the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Edgbaston more like this
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Preet Kaur Gill more like this
star this property uin 254257 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
star this property answer text <p>Records held by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), provide data showing the average time (in calendar days) from receipt of the pre-charge case to the decision to charge.</p><p> </p><p>The table below shows the average number of days from the date a charging decision is requested by the police to the date the decision to charge is taken for the West Midlands Area in each year from 2013/14 to 2017/18.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p><strong>2013-2014</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2014-2015</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2015-2016</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2016-2017</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2017-2018</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>West Midlands</p></td><td><p>10.54</p></td><td><p>10.95</p></td><td><p>11.65</p></td><td><p>14.41</p></td><td><p>17.31</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><em>Data Source: CPS Case Management Information System</em></p><p> </p><p>During this period there has been a shift in the type of pre-charge decisions referred to the CPS. For example, in the period between 2013/14 and 2017/18, there was an increase of over 26% in rape flagged pre-charge decisions referred to CPS West Midlands. Rape and serious sexual offences investigations can be highly complex in nature and typically involve the review of a large quantity of evidence resulting in an increase in the amount of time required for the CPS to come to a charging decision.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
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less than 2019-05-20T10:24:38.683Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-20T10:24:38.683Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
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4603
unstar this property label Biography information for Preet Kaur Gill more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-09-02more like thismore than 2019-09-02
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Prosecutions: West Midlands remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government is taking to (a) tackle the backlog of serious court cases in the West Midlands, (b) ensure the capacity of Crown Prosecution Service lawyers to prosecute and (c) increase the court time available for those cases. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dudley North more like this
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Ian Austin more like this
star this property uin 285093 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>The number of outstanding cases in the crown court in the West Midlands Local Criminal Justice Area, has reduced over the last 5 years by almost 50%. The published data for the West Midlands shows the number of outstanding crown court cases from end of March 2015 to end of March 2019</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Period</p></td><td><p>Number of outstanding cases</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>March 2015</p></td><td><p>2504</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>March 2016</p></td><td><p>2153</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>March 2017</p></td><td><p>1777</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>March 2018</p></td><td><p>1527</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>March 2019</p></td><td><p>1267</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The amount of court time available is determined by the allocation of sitting days to each Region and in turn to each court. There are robust case progression systems in place to ensure that cases are ready for trial and that time estimates for the length of trial are accurate. Listing decisions are ultimately the function of the judiciary but HMCTS staff work closely to support the judiciary particularly with the management of custody cases. HMCTS is unable to answer point b in relation to CPS resources, as this would be the responsibility of the Attorney General’s Office.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Charnwood more like this
star this property answering member printed Edward Argar more like this
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less than 2019-09-09T14:10:14.73Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T14:10:14.73Z
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star this property label Biography information for Edward Argar more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ian Austin more like this