Hundreds of court cases failing

Figures show that almost 200 court cases in London are dropped or delayed every week because of prosecution failings.

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Report reveals why London court cases are delayed

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)

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