Higher Conviction rate in Criminal Charges
Statistics in accordance with a report released by the NSW of Crimes Statistics and Research in May 2011 revealed higher conviction rate in criminal offense charges.
These reports astoundingly showed that 89 percent of the criminal cases filed were convicted by the Local Court. Interestingly, a conviction rate of 84% was recorded in cases pending in District Court and Supreme Court.
There also existed a drop in the number of court cases filed in the past years from 146,560 in 2009 to 132,766 in 2010 which revealed a decrease of 10%. Research showed that the decrease was a result of the 9.4% drastic drop of criminal cases filed in court from 2009 to 2010. Numbers shows a drop from 133,240 cases to 120,662 cases in 2010.
There also was a similar decrease in cases filed with the Children’s Court of 10.3% or from 9,616 cases to 8,630.
In the District Court and Supreme Court, a similar situation occurred wherein there existed a 6.2% drop or from 3,704 cases to 3,474 cases.
Similarly, the number of cases concerning driving offenses which involves imprisonment as a penalty decreased in the past year by 25% or from 945 cases to 712. This was mainly caused by the decrease of people being charged with “driving while disqualified”. In the same vein, there was also a decrease in the number of people being imprisoned for driver license related offenses from 4.6% to 4.2%.
However, despite the decrease in the criminal rate in NSW, lower court cases that reached the Supreme Court revealed an increase of 57.8% from 42.1%. According to reports, this was due to the trial of five terrorists who committed five murders and were co-accused in each murder.
Disclaimer : This article is just a summary of the subject matter being discussed and should not be regarded as a comprehensive legal advice for you to defend yourself alone. If you are charged with criminal offences, it is recommended that you seek legal assistance from criminal lawyers.