‘Millions wasted’ on court cases

October 19, 2006

Police and prosecutors are wasting £55m a year by mishandling court cases, a report by a Commons watchdog has said.

The Public Accounts Committee said more than 900,000 out of about 3m magistrate hearings did not go ahead as planned in England and Wales in 2004-5.

The delays cost an estimated £173m – of this the police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) were responsible for £24m each, plus £7m jointly, say the MPs.

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