You can find out about the average time a case took - from the offence to the outcome - in courts within your local area between October and December 2017. Cases are broken down into three stages:
- offence committed, up until defendant charged (formally accused by the police) or written summons received
- defendant charged or written summons received, up until first hearing
- first hearing, up until case outcome
Note: Case length may vary between courts due to the volumes, types and complexity of cases they have dealt with during that period. Sexual offences, fraud and forgery take longer, for example, because they are often reported to the police some time after they took place.
Cases dealt with by magistrates' courts
|Number of weeks between offence and defendant being charged/case laid in court||17.1|
|Number of weeks between case being laid and first hearing||4.4|
|Number of weeks between first hearing and case outcome||2.9|
|Number of weeks between offence and defendant being charged/case laid in court||16.3|
|Number of weeks between case being laid and first hearing||4.8|
|Number of weeks between first hearing and case outcome||2.7|
The data provided for magistrates’ courts represents aggregated data for all magistrates’ courts in your Local Justice Area.
A Local Justice Area is the areas to which a lay magistrate is assigned by the Lord Chancellor. Any given LJA will potentially have a number of magistrates’ courthouses operating within it at any one time.