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Question for Attorney General

UIN 294695, tabled on 4 October 2019

To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 4 October 2019 to Question 290946, what the average time taken was from referral to finalisation in each year from 2008-09 to 2018-19 where the CPS made a decision to charge and where a trial outcome was recorded in England for cases (a) relating to sexual violence or rape, (b) focusing on actual bodily harm charges, (c) focusing on grievous bodily harm charges and (d) focusing on burglary.

Answered on

8 October 2019

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) maintains a central record of the average time to charge and the average time to prosecute in days by Principal Offence Category and for cases flagged as rape.

The tables below show the total average time, in days, from referral to finalisation for each year from 2008/10 to 2018/19 where the CPS made a decision to charge and where a trial outcome was recorded in England.

(a)(i) Sexual Offences excluding Rape Flagged

Total average time (days) from referral to finalisation

2008-2009

294.50

2009-2010

299.69

2010-2011

300.12

2011-2012

304.01

2012-2013

306.78

2013-2014

285.63

2014-2015

320.44

2015-2016

343.78

2016-2017

347.83

2017-2018

363.74

2018-2019

390.79

Data Source: CPS Case Management Information System

(a)(ii) Rape Flagged

Total average time (days) from referral to finalisation

2008-2009

321.52

2009-2010

336.94

2010-2011

346.95

2011-2012

344.40

2012-2013

351.50

2013-2014

338.36

2014-2015

383.54

2015-2016

381.20

2016-2017

412.84

2017-2018

460.59

2018-2019

495.24

Data Source: CPS Case Management Information System

(b) & (c) Offences against the Person

Total average time (days) from referral to finalisation

2008-2009

192.73

2009-2010

191.06

2010-2011

192.09

2011-2012

194.67

2012-2013

193.29

2013-2014

183.23

2014-2015

194.20

2015-2016

198.22

2016-2017

192.32

2017-2018

191.95

2018-2019

209.96

Data Source: CPS Case Management Information System

(d) Burglary

Total average time (days) from referral to finalisation

2008-2009

200.99

2009-2010

213.21

2010-2011

195.38

2011-2012

190.24

2012-2013

206.28

2013-2014

202.05

2014-2015

226.71

2015-2016

246.06

2016-2017

231.99

2017-2018

246.76

2018-2019

244.81

Data Source: CPS Case Management Information System

The data provided above is for the more serious cases in which the CPS has been required to authorise charge and in which there has been a trial. MoJ data for all cases in 2018 report figures of between 185 days and 193 days for offence to completion

The time taken from referral to finalisation has increased for all crime types. This is due to greater complexity and the increase in electronic material for the police, CPS and courts to consider. In addition the Police are now encouraged to seek early investigative advice more often and in particular in serious, sensitive or complex cases. Early investigative advice helps to ensure that cases are thoroughly investigated and the evidence to be brought before the court is strong. With the increase in early investigative advice, CPS is more often involved at an earlier stage in proceedings.

There has also been an increase in the time taken for a case to pass through the courts which has also impacted on overall timeliness.

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