Children in court - Part 2

Appendix I

Profile of Sample Group

General

Totals 1994 1995
Total number of children in survey 461 539
Total number of Witness Services taking part in survey 23 22
Total number of trials in survey N/R 279

Analysis by Age

Age 1994 1995
4 - 10 83 93
11 - 13 128 165
14 - 17 247 281
Total No. Children 461 539

Analysis by Gender

Gender 1994 1995
Male 144 187
Female 316 337
Not recorded 1 15
(Total no of children) 461 539

Analysis by Ethnic Origin

Ethnic Origin 1994 1995 Ethnic Origin 1994 1995
Bangladeshi 1 2 Chinese 1 0
Black African 5 1 Indian 4 5
Black Caribbean 19 10 White 422 493
Black Other 2 7 Other Ethnic 7 21

Analysis by Original Charges **

a. Non-Sexual

Original Charge - Violence 1994 1995 Original Charge - Other 1994 1995
Murder / Manslaughter 7 3 Burglary 11 9
GBH / Wounding 25 49 Kidnap /Abduction 21 23
Assault 38 60 Child Neglect 1 2
Robbery 17 34 Arson 2 1
Cruelty to a Child 4 11 Pervert Course Justice 6 5
Other Violence 7 19 Blackmail 3 1
      Drug offences 5 5
      Any Other N/A 21

b. Sexual

Original Charge - Sexual 1994 1995
Incest 4 3
Unlawful sexual intercourse under 13 18 8
Unlawful sexual intercourse under 16 0
Rape 93 92
Indecent Assault 234 295
Buggery 26 29
Gross Indecency 23 25
Sexual Other 4 9

** NB There may be more than one charge recorded per child

Analysis by outcome of trial

a. by number of children involved as witnesses

Disposal of trial Total No cases
1994 1995
Conviction 154 196
Acquittal 136 102
Trial Adjourned 27 55
Trial Collapsed 67 42
Guilty Plea 57 110
Not Known 20 34

b. by number of trials (1995 only)

Disposal of trial 1995
Conviction 95
Acquittal 62
Trial Adjourned 27
Trial Collapsed 24
Guilty Plea 49
Not Known 22
Total number of trials in survey 279

Analysis by total number of children giving evidence in any one trial (1995 Only)

No of children No of trials No of children No of trials
1 136 6 6
2 86 7 0
3 28 8 1
4 15 9 0
5 2 10 1
Total number of trials 279

Analysis by the status of the child

Status of child Total No
Victim/Witness 323
Other Prosecution Witness 198
Defence Witness 9
Not Known 9
(Total no of children) 539

© J Chandler, D & J Lait 1996

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