In 2006-07, there were 638,347 defendants finalised in the Higher Courts (16,191), Magistrates' Courts (580,998) and Children's Courts (41,158) in Australia. Between 2005-06 and 2006-07, the number of defendants finalised in the Higher Courts decreased by 1%, and increased in the Magistrates' Courts by 2%.
Nationally, 92% of defendants adjudicated in the Higher Courts were proven guilty, compared with 95% in the Magistrates' Courts and 96% in the Children's Courts.
Of those defendants proven guilty, 82% were sentenced to a custodial order in the Higher Courts. The proportion of defendants sentenced to custodial orders was much lower in the Magistrates' (9%) and Children's Courts (8%).