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Conservative London Assembly Member and report author Tony Arbour says bureaucratic hold ups are costing Londoners millions of pounds.
- Over 23 thousand cases in London's Crown and Magistrates courts were dropped or delayed last year
- More than 9,000 were dropped because of prosecution and court failings - that's 40%
- Wasting an estimated £1.6 million annually or £30,000 a week in legal and judicial costs
Source: GLA Conservatives.
- Insufficient evidence on the prosecution side (3,512)
- Prosecution witness absent or withdrawn (2,523)
Today's report shows that cases failed in court because of the prosecution not being ready, the absence of prosecution witnesses or failings in court administration.
- The prosecution not being ready (1,068 cases)
- Prosecution failing to disclose unused evidence (403)
- Absent witnesses on the prosecution side such as police and professional experts (1,552)
- Prosecution advocates failing to attend or engaged in another trial (89)
- No interpreter available (286)
- Courtroom equipment failure (127)
Almost 200 court cases in London are dropped or delayed every week because of prosecution failings. New figures show that in a year 9,560 cases were thrown out or delayed in the capital. That works out at 184 every week.