40570 - Legal Representation (Answered)

Christina Rees
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government has taken to monitor the proportion of defendants who are unrepresented.

Mr Shailesh Vara

Data on the representation status of defendants in the Crown Court is published as part of the annual Criminal Court Statistics publication at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/criminal-court-statistics-quarterly-january-to-march-2015. The representation status of defendants in magistrates’ courts is not recorded. Data on whether unrepresented defendants meet legal aid means and merits tests, and whether they chose to defend themselves, is not available.