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Criminal Proceedings: Coronavirus

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 71147, tabled on 8 July 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many of the backlogged cases in the Criminal Justice System are for (a) murder, (b) rape and (c) robbery in 2020.

Answered on

16 July 2020

The table below provides the information requested on the number of outstanding cases in the Criminal Justice System for (a) murder, (b) rape, and (c) robbery in 2020.

National statistics on the level of outstanding work in the criminal courts for the first quarter of 2020 were published on 26 June 2020. These data represent a proportion of the total outstanding caseload.

Outstanding cases in the Magistrates’ and Crown Court as at 31 March 2020




Magistrates’ Court1




Crown Court





Source HMCTS management information

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that the data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when data are used.

The figure for outstanding cases in the Magistrates Court is based on all cases with a Case Opened date prior to 31 March 2020 and no Case Completion date, irrespective of when the offence was committed.

Data are taken from a live management information system and can change over time.

The data provided is the most recent available and for that reason might differ slightly from any previously published information.

Data are management information and are not subject to the same level of checks as official statistics.

Data has not been cross referenced with case files.