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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 129,008
Jan - Dec 2015 130,757
Jan - Dec 2016 123,217
Jan - Dec 2017 115,702
Jan - Dec 2018 105,745
Jan - Dec 2019 99,629
Jan - Dec 2020 78,208
Jan - Dec 2021 95,772
Jan - Dec 2022 91,657

Jan - Dec 2022

91,657

Update Sep 2023

In the 3 months to 30 Sep 2023 there were 25,682 crown court disposals.

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: 14 December 2023. Next publication: 28 March 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 32,899
31 Dec 2019 37,981
31 Dec 2020 56,935
31 Dec 2021 58,432
31 Dec 2022 62,485

31 Dec 2022

62,485

Update Sep 2023

In the 3 months to 30 Sep 2023 there were 66,547 crown court outstanding.

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: 14 December 2023. Next publication: 28 March 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 2022

26%

Update Sep 2023

In the 3 months to 30 Sep 2023, 32% percentage of the total crown courts trials were cracked trials.

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: 14 December 2023. Next publication: 28 March 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 2022

37%

Update Sep 2023

In the 3 months to 30 Sep 2023, 26% percentage of the total crown courts trials were ineffective trials.

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: 14 December 2023. Next publication: 28 March 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 1,174,266
Jan - Dec 2022 1,266,297

Jan - Dec 2022

1,266,297

Update Sep 2023

In the 3 months to 30 Sep 2023 there were 329,836 magistrates' courts disposals.

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: 14 December 2023. Next publication: 28 March 2024 9:30am.


Employment tribunals disposals

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 tribunals disposals
Apr 2007 - Mar 2008 81,857
Apr 2008 - Mar 2009 92,018
Apr 2009 - Mar 2010 112,364
Apr 2010 - Mar 2011 122,792
Apr 2011 - Mar 2012 110,769
Apr 2012 - Mar 2013 107,420
Apr 2013 - Mar 2014 148,387
Apr 2014 - Mar 2015 312,773
Apr 2015 - Mar 2016 49,529
Apr 2016 - Mar 2017 45,177
Apr 2017 - Mar 2018 38,671
Apr 2018 - Mar 2019 43,594
Apr 2019 - Mar 2020 50,217
Apr 2020 - Mar 2021 41,622
Apr 2021 - Mar 2022
Apr 2022 - Mar 2023 70,933

Apr 2022 - Mar 2023

70,933

Data source

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

Publication date

Published: 14 December 2023. Next publication: 14 March 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 175
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 250
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2023 257
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2023 253
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2023 239

Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2023

239

Down 14 days from Apr-Jun 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: 14 December 2023. Next publication: 28 March 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 211
Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2018 219
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2019 228
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2019 225
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2019 219
Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2019 250
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2020 264
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2020 199
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2020 306
Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2020 305
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2021 315
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2021 347
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2021 330
Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2021 323
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2022 433
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2022 464
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2022 483
Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2022 504
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2023 602
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2023 632
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2023 665

Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2023

665

Up 33 from Apr-Jun 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: 14 December 2023. Next publication: 28 March 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 judgement.

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 2022

901,278

Update Sep 2023

In the 3 months to 30 Sep 2023 there were 261,544 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: 7 December 2023. Next publication: 07 March 2024 9:30am.


Family court - total cases disposed

Total cases disposed at family court.

Period Family court - total cases disposed
Jan - Dec 2011 233,540
Jan - Dec 2012 234,773
Jan - Dec 2013 240,728
Jan - Dec 2014 248,800
Jan - Dec 2015 221,537
Jan - Dec 2016 228,840
Jan - Dec 2017 226,786
Jan - Dec 2018 214,183
Jan - Dec 2019 234,223
Jan - Dec 2020 225,792
Jan - Dec 2021 249,618
Jan - Dec 2022 204,538

Jan - Dec 2022

204,538

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: 21 December 2023. Next publication: 28 March 2024 9:30am.


Tribunals disposals - overall

The overall total for 2021/22 and 2022/23 is unavailable due to migration of some tribunals. An 'Interim Total' has been calculated for 2022/23. 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 726,939
Apr 2011 - Mar 2012 748,820
Apr 2012 - Mar 2013 749,283
Apr 2013 - Mar 2014 878,007
Apr 2014 - Mar 2015 649,068
Apr 2015 - Mar 2016 372,926
Apr 2016 - Mar 2017 394,102
Apr 2017 - Mar 2018 407,638
Apr 2018 - Mar 2019 400,816
Apr 2019 - Mar 2020 378,629
Apr 2020 - Mar 2021 265,628
Apr 2021 - Mar 2022
Apr 2022 - Mar 2023 297,378

Apr 2022 - Mar 2023

297,378

Data source

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

Publication date

Published: 14 December 2023. Next publication: 14 March 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.