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Criminal Proceedings: Legal Costs

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 9102, tabled on 7 September 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost to the public purse is per case for defendants represented by (a) the Public Defender Service and (b) firms in private practice.

Answered on

14 September 2015

As a directly salaried service, the PDS does not bill for work in the same way as private practice, therefore it is not possible to provide a comparable estimate of cost per case.