Criminal Court Statistics for NSW

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According to a report by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research that came out in May 2011, the greater part of all the people charged with a criminal offence in a criminal court were found  guilty of their crime.

The study showed that of all the people tried in the Local Court for a criminal offence, 89 per cent were convicted of their crime.

In the Children’s Court 86 per cent of accused persons were found guilty.

In the District Court and the Supreme Court 84 per cent of accused persons were convicted of their crime.

Interestingly enough though, the total number of court cases in all court systems has dropped in the past year from 146,560 cases in 2009 to 132,766 cases in 2010, which is a total decrease of almost 10 per cent.

The further breakdown showed that Local Court cases had the biggest impact on this reduction with their number of cases finalised in criminal court dropping 9.4 per cent from 2009 to 2010, from 133,240 cases to 120,662 cases.

The Children’s Court showed similar results with a lowering of 10.3 per cent due to the cases dropping from 9,616 to 8,630.

The District Court and the Supreme Court dropped from 3,704 cases finalised in court to 3,474 cases, a 6.2 per cent decrease.

In dealing with other more specific trends, the amount of people charged with a criminal offence involving imprisonment for driver licence convictions decreased in the past year by 25 per cent in Local Court, dropping from 945 to 712.

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research’s report states this was largely due to the drop in people being charged with “drive while disqualified”.

A fall in the number of people imprisoned for a driver licence related criminal offence also went down from 4.6 per cent to 4.2 per cent over the previous year.

Despite all of these declining numbers, cases that made it from a lesser Criminal Court all the way to the Supreme Court increased from 42.1 per cent to 57.8 per cent. The report says that this was mainly due to the trials of five terrorists and five murders who were all co-accused.