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Crown court disposals

A count of the number of cases only when all the offences have been completed (following a validation process) in the reporting period. Disposals figures in this report may change if the case results are entered after the first collation of the data.

Period Crown court disposals
Jan - Dec 2014 129,007
Jan - Dec 2015 130,756
Jan - Dec 2016 123,214
Jan - Dec 2017 115,701
Jan - Dec 2018 105,743
Jan - Dec 2019 99,627
Jan - Dec 2020 78,205
Jan - Dec 2021 95,772
Jan - Dec 2022 91,734
Jan - Dec 2023 99,304

Jan - Dec 2023

99,304

Data source

The data source for this measure and more detailed information can be found in the Criminal court statistics quarterly publication.

Publication date

Published: 28 March 2024. Next publication: 26 September 2024 9:30am.


Crown court outstanding

A count of all cases where one or more offence remains incomplete. The data is a snapshot based on outstanding cases on the final day of the reporting period. This is a count of live cases on the system and is not a calculation based on receipts and disposals. Transferred cases may be double counted for a period while they show in both sending and receiving courts; offences subsequently entered in error may change the categorisation of the case.

Period Crown court outstanding
31 Dec 2014 55,923
31 Dec 2015 51,585
31 Dec 2016 42,942
31 Dec 2017 38,841
31 Dec 2018 32,936
31 Dec 2019 38,030
31 Dec 2020 56,993
31 Dec 2021 58,503
31 Dec 2022 62,628
31 Dec 2023 67,573

31 Dec 2023

67,573

Data source

The data source for this measure and more detailed information can be found in the Criminal court statistics quarterly publication.

Publication date

Published: 28 March 2024. Next publication: 26 September 2024 9:30am.


Crown courts cracked trials

Cracked trials as a percentage of total trials.

Period Crown courts cracked trials
Jan - Dec 2007 42%
Jan - Dec 2008 41%
Jan - Dec 2009 42%
Jan - Dec 2010 43%
Jan - Dec 2011 40%
Jan - Dec 2012 37%
Jan - Dec 2013 35%
Jan - Dec 2014 35%
Jan - Dec 2015 35%
Jan - Dec 2016 34%
Jan - Dec 2017 34%
Jan - Dec 2018 35%
Jan - Dec 2019 34%
Jan - Dec 2020 28%
Jan - Dec 2021 29%
Jan - Dec 2022 26%
Jan - Dec 2023 31%

Jan - Dec 2023

31%

Data source

The data source for this measure and more detailed information can be found in the Criminal court statistics quarterly publication.

Publication date

Published: 28 March 2024. Next publication: 26 September 2024 9:30am.


Crown courts ineffective trials

Ineffective trials as a percentage of total trials.

Period Crown courts ineffective trials
Jan - Dec 2007 12%
Jan - Dec 2008 12%
Jan - Dec 2009 13%
Jan - Dec 2010 14%
Jan - Dec 2011 14%
Jan - Dec 2012 14%
Jan - Dec 2013 14%
Jan - Dec 2014 15%
Jan - Dec 2015 15%
Jan - Dec 2016 15%
Jan - Dec 2017 15%
Jan - Dec 2018 14%
Jan - Dec 2019 16%
Jan - Dec 2020 21%
Jan - Dec 2021 23%
Jan - Dec 2022 37%
Jan - Dec 2023 27%

Jan - Dec 2023

27%

Data source

The data source for this measure and more detailed information can be found in the Criminal court statistics quarterly publication.

Publication date

Published: 28 March 2024. Next publication: 26 September 2024 9:30am.


Magistrates' courts disposals

A count of the number of cases only when all the offences have been completed (following a validation process) in the reporting period. Disposals figures in this report may change if the case results are entered after the first collation of the data.

Period Magistrates' courts disposals
Jan - Dec 2012 1,179,639
Jan - Dec 2013 1,556,261
Jan - Dec 2014 1,570,660
Jan - Dec 2015 1,594,051
Jan - Dec 2016 1,566,357
Jan - Dec 2017 1,509,022
Jan - Dec 2018 1,456,735
Jan - Dec 2019 1,441,903
Jan - Dec 2020 1,041,013
Jan - Dec 2021 1,174,297
Jan - Dec 2022 1,266,305
Jan - Dec 2023 1,338,015

Jan - Dec 2023

1,338,015

Data source

The data source for this measure and more detailed information can be found in the Criminal court statistics quarterly publication.

Publication date

Published: 28 March 2024. Next publication: 26 September 2024 9:30am.


Employment tribunal disposals - single claims

Employment tribunals are independent judicial bodies established to resolve disputes between employers and employees over employment rights.

Data for 2021/22 is missing due to this tribunal being migrated to a new case management system. The data will be made available as soon as possible, and the data is quality assured.

Period Employment tribunal disposals - single claims
Apr 2007 - Mar 2008
Apr 2008 - Mar 2009
Apr 2009 - Mar 2010 65,018
Apr 2010 - Mar 2011 62,887
Apr 2011 - Mar 2012 59,402
Apr 2012 - Mar 2013 56,011
Apr 2013 - Mar 2014 42,165
Apr 2014 - Mar 2015 18,839
Apr 2015 - Mar 2016 15,342
Apr 2016 - Mar 2017 14,755
Apr 2017 - Mar 2018 17,221
Apr 2018 - Mar 2019 24,200
Apr 2019 - Mar 2020 27,576
Apr 2020 - Mar 2021 25,068
Apr 2021 - Mar 2022
Apr 2022 - Mar 2023 32,273
Apr 2023 - Mar 2024 30,705

Apr 2023 - Mar 2024

30,705

Data source

The data source for this measure and more detailed information can be found in the Tribunals statistics quarterly publication.

Publication date

Published: 13 June 2024. Next publication: 03 October 2024 9:30am.


Employment tribunal disposals - multiple claims

The large number of employment tribunal multiple claims disposals in 2014/2015 is due to a very large multiple airlines case covering 71,000 jurisdictions and relating to the Working Time Directive ending.

Data for 2021/22 is missing due to this tribunal being migrated to a new case management system. The data will be made available as soon as possible, and the data is quality assured.

Period Employment tribunal disposals - multiple claims
Apr 2007 - Mar 2008
Apr 2008 - Mar 2009
Apr 2009 - Mar 2010 47,346
Apr 2010 - Mar 2011 59,905
Apr 2011 - Mar 2012 51,367
Apr 2012 - Mar 2013 51,409
Apr 2013 - Mar 2014 106,222
Apr 2014 - Mar 2015 293,934
Apr 2015 - Mar 2016 34,187
Apr 2016 - Mar 2017 30,422
Apr 2017 - Mar 2018 21,450
Apr 2018 - Mar 2019 19,394
Apr 2019 - Mar 2020 22,641
Apr 2020 - Mar 2021 16,554
Apr 2021 - Mar 2022
Apr 2022 - Mar 2023 39,501
Apr 2023 - Mar 2024 71,989

Apr 2023 - Mar 2024

71,989

Data source

The data source for this measure and more detailed information can be found in the Tribunals statistics quarterly publication.

Publication date

Published: 13 June 2024. Next publication: 03 October 2024 9:30am.


Victim experience

Mean days from receipt at Crown Court to completion

Completion means any outcome, including guilty pleas, acquittals and convictions. Data from the Crown Court timeliness tool (all offences, all cases closed).

Period Mean days from receipt at Crown Court to completion
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2014 148
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2014 154
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2014 160
Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2014 169
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2015 171
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2015 179
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2015 177
Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2015 181
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2016 172
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2016 174
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2016 169
Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2016 169
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2017 164
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2017 160
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2017 157
Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2017 160
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2018 157
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2018 160
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2018 156
Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2018 157
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2019 151
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2019 144
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2019 140
Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2019 151
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2020 144
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2020 142
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2020 157
Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2020 157
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2021 177
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 203
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2021 220
Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2021 233
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2022 236
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2022 231
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2022 226
Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2022 249
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2023 257
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2023 254
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2023 241
Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2023 240

Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2023

240

Down 1 days from Jul-Sep 2023

Data source

The data source for this measure and more detailed information can be found in the Criminal court statistics quarterly publication.

Publication date

Published: 28 March 2024. Next publication: 26 September 2024 9:30am.


Number of receipts of adult rape cases at the Crown Court

Cases arriving at the Crown Court. Data from the Crown Court cases received, disposed and outstanding tool.

Period Number of receipts of adult rape cases at the Crown Court
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2014 520
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2014 509
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2014 511
Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2014 537
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2015 551
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2015 525
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2015 550
Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2015 657
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2016 588
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2016 555
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2016 520
Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2016 549
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2017 507
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2017 489
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2017 493
Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2017 405
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2018 251
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2018 189
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2018 210
Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2018 219
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2019 228
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2019 225
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2019 220
Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2019 250
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2020 264
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2020 199
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2020 306
Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2020 306
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2021 315
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 347
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2021 329
Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2021 323
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2022 431
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2022 464
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2022 484
Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2022 508
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2023 603
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2023 634
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2023 667
Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2023 662

Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2023

662

Down 5 from Jul-Sep 2023

Data source

The data source for this measure and more detailed information can be found in the Criminal court statistics quarterly publication.

Publication date

Published: 28 March 2024. Next publication: 26 September 2024 9:30am.


Civil courts - total judgments

Total number of judgments in the county courts. Some civil cases are resolved via mediation or settled out of court and don't proceed to a judgment.

Period Civil courts - total judgments
Jan - Dec 2009 982,464
Jan - Dec 2010 794,311
Jan - Dec 2011 748,586
Jan - Dec 2012 663,457
Jan - Dec 2013 667,168
Jan - Dec 2014 831,541
Jan - Dec 2015 867,665
Jan - Dec 2016 1,055,035
Jan - Dec 2017 1,284,364
Jan - Dec 2018 1,291,142
Jan - Dec 2019 1,323,750
Jan - Dec 2020 727,438
Jan - Dec 2021 980,474
Jan - Dec 2022 901,278
Jan - Dec 2023 1,058,964

Jan - Dec 2023

1,058,964

Update Mar 2024

In the 3 months to 31 Mar 2024 there were 278,779 estimated total judgments.

Data source

The data source for this measure and more detailed information can be found in the Civil justice statistics (quarterly) publication.

Publication date

Published: 6 June 2024. Next publication: 05 September 2024 9:30am.


Family court - total cases disposed

Total cases disposed at family court.

Data for 2023 to 2024 are not available. Please refer to the data quality issues section of the accompanying bulletin for further details.

Period Family court - total cases disposed
Jan - Dec 2011 233,531
Jan - Dec 2012 234,763
Jan - Dec 2013 240,716
Jan - Dec 2014 248,781
Jan - Dec 2015 221,519
Jan - Dec 2016 228,806
Jan - Dec 2017 226,718
Jan - Dec 2018 214,096
Jan - Dec 2019 234,163
Jan - Dec 2020 225,703
Jan - Dec 2021 249,439
Jan - Dec 2022 204,129
Jan - Dec 2023

Jan - Dec 2023

-

Data source

The data source for this measure and more detailed information can be found in the Family court statistics quarterly publication.

Publication date

Published: 27 June 2024. Next publication: 26 September 2024 9:30am.


Tribunals disposals - overall

The overall total for 2021/22, 2022/23 and 2023/24 is unavailable due to migration of some tribunals.

An 'Interim Total' has been calculated. This is the sum of all the tribunals excluding those tribunals with data missing or incomplete i.e. Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber). These tribunals are being migrated to a new case management system and will be made available as soon as possible.

Period Tribunals disposals - overall
Apr 2007 - Mar 2008 550,148
Apr 2008 - Mar 2009 568,671
Apr 2009 - Mar 2010 649,920
Apr 2010 - Mar 2011 719,623
Apr 2011 - Mar 2012 739,747
Apr 2012 - Mar 2013 739,723
Apr 2013 - Mar 2014 869,105
Apr 2014 - Mar 2015 640,414
Apr 2015 - Mar 2016 364,860
Apr 2016 - Mar 2017 386,709
Apr 2017 - Mar 2018 400,659
Apr 2018 - Mar 2019 392,575
Apr 2019 - Mar 2020 373,642
Apr 2020 - Mar 2021 263,572
Apr 2021 - Mar 2022
Apr 2022 - Mar 2023 298,219
Apr 2023 - Mar 2024 345,334

Apr 2023 - Mar 2024

345,334

Data source

The data source for this measure and more detailed information can be found in the Tribunals statistics quarterly publication.

Publication date

Published: 13 June 2024. Next publication: 03 October 2024 9:30am.


The closed-claim measure of expenditure shows the total value of payments made to legal aid providers in relation to pieces of work that are completed in each period, even where a portion of the work may have taken place over previous periods. Most expenditure figures in the legal aid statistics are shown on this basis.