Improving quality of justice - all crime


Crime recorded to police decision

Number of police-recorded offences where the offender is issued with a successful outcome for offences where there are specific individual victims

A successful outcome is a formal - e.g. charge or caution - or informal -e.g. cannabis warning - police outcome.

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Period Number of police-recorded offences where the offender is issued with a successful outcome for offences where there are specific individual victims
Jan-Dec 2019 quarterly average 100,426
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2021 81,351
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 78,475

Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 78,475

Down 2,876 from Jan-Mar 2021

Data source Police recorded crime and outcomes


Percentage of police-recorded offences where the offender is issued with a successful outcome for offences where there are specific individual victims

A successful outcome is a formal - e.g. charge or caution - or informal - e.g. cannabis warning - police outcome.

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Period Percentage of police-recorded offences where the offender is issued with a successful outcome for offences where there are specific individual victims
Jan-Dec 2019 10 %
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2021 10 %
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 9 %

Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 9 %

Down 1ppt from Jan-Mar 2021

Data source Police recorded crime and outcomes


Number of police-recorded offences where the investigation is closed because no suspect has been identified for offences where there are specific individual victims

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Period Number of police-recorded offences where the investigation is closed because no suspect has been identified for offences where there are specific individual victims
Jan-Dec 2019 quarterly average 505,663
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2021 345,153
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 370,102

Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 370,102

Up 24,949 from Jan-Mar 2021

Data source Police recorded crime and outcomes


Percentage of police-recorded offences where the investigation is closed because no suspect has been identified for offences where there are specific individual victims

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Period Percentage of police-recorded offences where the investigation is closed because no suspect has been identified for offences where there are specific individual victims
Jan-Dec 2019 49 %
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2021 41 %
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 43 %

Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 43 %

Up 2ppt from Jan-Mar 2021

Data source Police recorded crime and outcomes


Number of police-recorded offences where the offender is issued with a successful outcome for offences where there are no specific individual victims

A successful outcome is a formal - e.g. charge or caution - or informal - e.g. cannabis warning - police outcome.

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Period Number of police-recorded offences where the offender is issued with a successful outcome for offences where there are no specific individual victims
Jan-Dec 2019 quarterly average 54,346
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2021 59,570
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 55,503

Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 55,503

Down 4,067 from Jan-Mar 2021

Data source Police recorded crime and outcomes


Percentage of police-recorded offences where the offender is issued with a successful outcome for offences where there are no specific individual victims

A successful outcome is a formal - e.g. charge or caution - or informal - e.g. cannabis warning - police outcome.

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Period Percentage of police-recorded offences where the offender is issued with a successful outcome for offences where there are no specific individual victims
Jan-Dec 2019 32 %
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2021 32 %
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 28 %

Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 28 %

Down 4ppt from Jan-Mar 2021

Data source Police recorded crime and outcomes


Number of police-recorded offences where the investigation is closed because no suspect has been identified for offences where there are no specific victims

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Period Number of police-recorded offences where the investigation is closed because no suspect has been identified for offences where there are no specific victims
Jan-Dec 2019 quarterly average 35,966
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2021 35,577
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 44,638

Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 44,638

Up 9,061 from Jan-Mar 2021

Data source Police recorded crime and outcomes


Percentage of police-recorded offences where the investigation is closed because no suspect has been identified for offences where there are no specific victims

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Period Percentage of police-recorded offences where the investigation is closed because no suspect has been identified for offences where there are no specific victims
Jan-Dec 2019 21 %
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2021 19 %
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 23 %

Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 23 %

Up 4ppt from Jan-Mar 2021

Data source Police recorded crime and outcomes


Police referral to Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decision to charge

Percentage of CPS-charged prosecutions that are stopped due to an incorrect charging decision

Based on an assessment by a lawyer, at any time during prosecution proceedings, that the charge authorised by the CPS was incorrect.

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Period Percentage of CPS-charged prosecutions that are stopped due to an incorrect charging decision
Jan-Dec 2019 0.6 %
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2021 0.6 %
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 0.6 %

Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 0.6 %

No change from Jan-Mar 2021


CPS charge to case completion in court

Percentage of cases which resulted in a completed trial

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Period Percentage of cases which resulted in a completed trial
Jan-Dec 2019 20 %
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2021 13 %
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 16 %

Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 16 %

Up 3ppt from Jan-Mar 2021


Percentage of cases which are rearranged on the day of trial

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Period Percentage of cases which are rearranged on the day of trial
Jan-Dec 2019 16 %
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2021 20 %
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 20 %

Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 20 %

No change from Jan-Mar 2021

Data source Trial effectiveness at the criminal courts tool (.xlsx download)


Percentage of cases that do not proceed to trial on the day because the prosecution does not proceed

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Period Percentage of cases that do not proceed to trial on the day because the prosecution does not proceed
Jan-Dec 2019 5 %
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2021 4 %
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 5 %

Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 5 %

Up 1ppt from Jan-Mar 2021

Data source Trial effectiveness at the criminal courts tool (.xlsx download)


Guilty plea rate for serious cases at the Magistrates' Court

Where no further action is required by the Magistrates' Courts.

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Period Guilty plea rate for serious cases at the Magistrates' Court
Jan-Dec 2019 56 %
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2021 46 %
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 48 %

Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 48 %

Up 2ppt from Jan-Mar 2021

Data source Magistrates court timeliness tool (.xlsx download)


Guilty plea rate at the Crown Court

As a proportion of all defendants who enter a plea.

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Period Guilty plea rate at the Crown Court
Jan-Dec 2019 68 %
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2021 73 %
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 70 %

Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 70 %

Down 3ppt from Jan-Mar 2021

Data source Crown Court plea tool (.xlsx download)


Percentage of defendants who plead guilty before a trial starts

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Period Percentage of defendants who plead guilty before a trial starts
Jan-Dec 2019 40 %
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2021 42 %
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 39 %

Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 39 %

Down 3ppt from Jan-Mar 2021

Data source Crown Court plea tool (.xlsx download)