Today’s criminal court statistics have sparked alarm among lawyers, who have described ‘appalling’ crime detection rates and a growing backlog of cases. The quarterly criminal court statistics for April to June 2019 show that the backlog of criminal cases has crept up while court workload has fallen.
According to Ministry of Justice figures, the number of Crown court receipts and disposals have fallen steadily over the past three years. While receipts rose slightly this quarter (3%) compared to last year, disposals fell by 4% to 25,720.
Chair of the Criminal Bar Association Caroline Goodwin QC said: ‘The draconian 15% cut to Crown court sitting days for 2019/20 needs to be reversed as the MoJ’s own latest figures for April to June this year now confirm a quarter on quarter increase in the criminal case backlog.'