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Key Measures

This information focuses on several key performance measures across a range of business areas. These areas were updated and expanded from Q1 2015-2016. The sections are:

  • Magistrates' Court – Conviction Rate
  • Magistrates' Court - Percentage of Guilty Pleas at first hearing
  • Magistrates' Court - Prosecutions Finalised in four hearings or fewer
  • Magistrates' Court - Average number of hearings per case (guilty pleas)
  • Magistrates' Court - Average number of hearings per case (contests)
  • Crown Court – Conviction Rate
  • Crown Court – Early Disposal Rate
  • Crown Court – Late Dropped Cases Rate
  • Crown Court – Timely Compliance Court Directions and Judges' Orders
  • Violence against Women and Girls - Rolling Annual Rape Conviction Rate
  • Violence against Women and Girls - Domestic Violence Conviction Rate
  • Hate Crime - Conviction Rate
  • Sickness Absence - Average Working Days Lost (days per person)
  • Employee Engagement Index

This information will be published on a quarterly basis.

Key Measures - definitions


The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) operates a Performance Management Framework with a number of key performance measures. Each year these indicators are reviewed and refreshed to take account of changing priorities and business needs. For this reason each annual set of key performance indicators should be viewed as discrete from each other.

CPS data are available through its Case Management System (CMS) and associated Management Information System (MIS). The CPS collects data to assist in the effective management of its prosecution functions. The CPS does not collect data that constitutes official statistics as defined in the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007.

These data have been drawn from the CPS's administrative IT system, which (as with any large scale recording system) is subject to possible errors with data entry and processing. The figures are provisional and subject to change as more information is recorded by the CPS. We are committed to improving the quality of our data and from mid-June 2015 introduced a new data assurance regime which may explain some unexpected variance in some future data sets.

The official statistics relating to crime and policing are maintained by the Home Office (HO) and the official statistics relating to sentencing, criminal court proceedings, offenders brought to justice, the courts and the judiciary are maintained by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ).

This information will be published on a quarterly basis.

The pre-announcement and publication dates of these data will be as follows:

Quarter Pre-Announcement Date Publication Date
Q4 16/17 24/07/2017 07/08/2017
Q1 17/18 23/10/2017 06/11/2017
Q2 17/18 22/01/2018 05/02/2018
Q3 17/18 23/04/2018 08/05/2018
Q4 17/18 23/07/2018 13/08/2018
Q1 18/19 22/10/2018 12/11/2018
Q2 18/19 21/01/2019 04/02/2019
Q3 18/19 22/04/2019 07/05/2019
Q4 18/19 22/07/2019 12/08/2019

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