In the Media

Watchdog calls for[sgl dagger]clampdown on court dodgers

PUBLISHED November 19, 2004

Parliament's spending watchdog has called for more to be done to ensure defendants turn up to court.

In a report released on Thursday the National Audit Office claimed that at least £2 million per year could be saved in the criminal justice system by cutting the number of bail conditions that are broken.
An NAO investigation found that 15 per cent of defendants missed at least one court hearing in 2002, of which less than half were brought back to face justice within three months, while an unknown number never appear.