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Computer Misuse Act 1990 Statistics

 

Total number of Computer Misuse Act 1990 Prosecutions in England and Wales 2004 - 2010

 

Section

Offence 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
1 Unauthorised access 5 5 7 8 11 11 3
2 Unauthorised access with intent 6 11 5 2 6 8 7
3, 3A Unauthorised modification 10 8 13 9
  Total 21 24 25 19 17 19 10

 

Sources:

House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for 11 Nov 2009 (pt 0014)

House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for 16 May 2012 (pt 0002)

 

MoJ analysis of CMA Case Outcomes 2009 - 2012

Defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts and offenders found guilty and sentenced at all courts, with sentencing outcomes,

for offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990, England and Wales, 2009 to 2012 (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)

Section of Act Offence Outcome 2009 2010 2011 2012
Section 1 (as amended by the Police and Justice Act 2006) Cause computer to perform function with intent to secure unauthorised access Proceeded against 11 3 2 11
    Found guilty 8 6 2 12
    Sentenced 8 6 2 12
    of which:        
    Absolute discharge - - - -
    Conditional discharge 4 2 1 2
    Fine 2 1 - 3
    Community sentence 2 2 - 4
    Suspended sentences - 1 - 1
    Otherwise dealt with - - - -
    Immediate custody - - 1 2
             
Section 2 Unauthorised access with intent to commit or facilitate commission of further offences Proceeded against 6 2 9 13
    Found guilty 1 3 4 12
    Sentenced 1 3 3 10
    of which:        
    Absolute discharge - - - -
    Conditional discharge - 1 2 3
    Fine - - - -
    Community sentence 1 1 - 1
    Suspended sentences - - - 3
    Otherwise dealt with - - - -
    Immediate custody - 1 1 3
             
Section 3 (as amended by the Police and Justice Act 2006) Unauthorised acts with intent to impair, or with recklessness as to impairing, operation of computer, etc Proceeded against 2 3 - 1
    Found guilty 1 9 4 3
    Sentenced 1 9 5 5
    of which:        
    Absolute discharge - - - -
    Conditional discharge - 1 - -
    Fine - 1 - -
    Community sentence - - 2 -
    Suspended sentences 1 4 3 3
    Otherwise dealt with - - - -
    Immediate custody - 3 - 2
             
Section 3A (as inserted by the Police and Justice Act 2006) Making, supplying or obtaining articles for use in offence under SS.1 or 3 Proceeded against - 2 - -
    Found guilty - - 1 -
    Sentenced - - 1 -
    of which:        
    Absolute discharge - - - -
    Conditional discharge - - - -
    Fine - - - -
    Community sentence - - - -
    Suspended sentences - - 1 -
    Otherwise dealt with - - - -
    Immediate custody - - - -
'-' = Nil            

 

(1) The figures given in the table relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

(2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

(3) The number of defendants found guilty in a particular year may exceed the number proceeded against as the proceedings in the magistrates' court took place in an earlier year and the defendants were found guilty at the Crown Court in the following year; or the defendants were found guilty of a different offence to that for which they were originally proceeded against.

(4) The number of offenders sentenced can differ from those found guilty as it may be the case that a defendant found guilty in a particular year, and committed for sentence at the Crown Court, may be sentenced in the following year.

(5) The category Otherwise Dealt With (ODW) includes: one day in police cells; disqualification order; restraining order; confiscation order; travel restriction order; disqualification from driving; recommendation for deportation; and other miscellaneous disposals.

 

Source:

Justice Statistics Analytical Services - Ministry of Justice. Ref: 671-13 FoI 85242

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