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The Annual Crime Statistics 2010

On 21st October 2010, the Government releases the annual crime statistics for court proceedings in England and Wales. (

The statistics are spread across 11 documents and contains a lot of data which needs to be reviewed in details to see what improvements, if any, have been made since last year.

Criminal Statistics 2009 (PDF 0.52mb 126 pages) ·

Chapter 1: Summary (Excel 0.07mb 3 pages) ·

Chapter 2: Penalty notices for disorder (Excel 0.09mb 5 pages) ·

Chapter 3: Cautions (Excel 0.18mb 9 pages) ·

Chapter 4: Remands (Excel 0.21mb 13 pages) ·

Chapter 5: Court proceedings (Excel 0.25mb 16 pages) ·

Chapter 6: Offenders found guilty (Excel 0.09mb 5 pages) ·

Chapter 7: Offences brought to justice (Excel 0.09mb 5 pages) ·

Chapter 8: Motoring offences dealt with by the courts (Excel 0.17mb 11 pages) ·

Annex A: Additional tables (Excel 0.30mb 14 pages) ·

Appendix 5: Offence classifications (Excel 0.19mb 1 pages)

This publication provides information about the criminal justice system (CJS) in England and Wales – focusing on progress through the system from police detection of the crime through to out of court disposals and court proceedings.

This volume therefore only relates to crimes that are recorded by the police and it is known that this represents only a fraction of all crime that is committed. For example, the British Crime Survey (BCS) which measures crimes experienced by the population resident in households, estimates substantially higher levels of offences than are recorded by the police. However, the BCS does not cover all offences, drug offences or fraud for example. Victims of an offence may not report it to the police in which case the CJS cannot pursue the case.

Once an offence is reported to the police it will either be detected (that is the person or persons responsible are identified) or undetected. If detected the police can then, depending on the severity and circumstances of the crime, choose to: take no further action; issue a warning or a caution or a Penalty Notice for Disorder if there is an admission of guilt; or refer a case to the courts.

Our analysis shows that overall 20% of people who are brought to court are not found guilty. The statistics are laid out in a table below.

The Statistics show:

Annual Crime Statistics 2010

72% of crimes reported are not detected. Only 15.35% of reported crime is pursued through the courts (55% of all crime cases detected).

18% of people appearing in the Magstrates Court and 28% of people appearing in the Crown Court (overall 20% or 1 in 5 people charged) is not found guilty.

A good criminal lawyer on your side is imperative to maximise your chances of a not guilty verdict. Do not believe the old adage “Where there’s smoke there’s fire!” the system is imperfect and you need expert legal assistance to navigate you way through it.

If you are found guilty of the offence, strong representation will assist in mitigating in your favour with a view to reducing your sentence.

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