Australian Bureau of Statistics
4515.0 - Federal Defendants, Selected States and Territories, 2009-10 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/04/2011
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QUALITY DECLARATION - SUMMARY
The Federal Defendants collection provides statistics about defendants dealt with by the criminal jurisdiction of the Higher, Magistrates' and Children's Courts of Australia. Defendants include persons as well as organisations (for the Higher and Magistrates' Courts only) charged with at least one offence against Commonwealth legislation. Comparable statistics are provided for each of the states and territories, except Tasmania, on the offences and sentence types associated with these defendants. If a person or organisation is a defendant in a number of criminal cases finalised within the courts during the reference period, this person or organisation will be counted more than once within that reference period.
Data from the Federal Defendants collection are released annually in Federal Defendants, Selected States and Territories (cat. no. 4515.0) and accompanying datacubes within 10 months of the reference period.
Federal defendants data are extracted from each state and territory's court administration system. The data are not subject to sampling error. Non-sampling errors can arise from inaccuracies in recording by courts agencies, when the data are extracted, processed and disseminated. The ABS has limited influence over any errors associated with data recorded by external sources. The ABS does provide a collection manual which outlines the scope, coverage, counting rules and data item definitions for the collection to minimise data extraction errors. Efficient processing and editing procedures are in place within the ABS to minimise processing and reporting errors.
Revisions to published data are irregular. Revisions to historical data are made when new information about the comparability of data over time is identified. This may occur when errors or omissions are identified in the administrative data supplied to the ABS in prior years.
In order to ensure consistency in the data for each state and territory, the statistics are compiled according to national standards and classifications. However, some differences still occur due to state and territory legislative requirements or to limitations of the various administrative data bases that are used to extract the data.
Due to differing scope and counting rules the data in the Federal Defendants publication may not be comparable to data published in other national and state/territory publications.
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