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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2008  
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The criminal justice system consists of agencies engaged in dealing with criminal behaviour, such as Police, Supreme and Magistrates Courts, Prisons, Community Corrections, Youth Justice, Forensic Mental Health, and Alcohol and Drug Services. The system also provides advice and assistance to victims, deals with crime prevention and any other crime related issues.

In Tasmania, Commonwealth and state adult and youth criminal matters are dealt with in the same Courts, and administered by the same system, whether it be concerned with custody (prison or youth detention), probation, community service orders or parole. Persons held under the Immigration Act are also likely to be held within State Prisons.

Even though the state system administers sentences, when dealing with Commonwealth offenders, the Commonwealth usually has input via the federal Attorney General's Department and any orders generated, may operate under both state and federal guidelines.


SUMMARY OF CRIME AND JUSTICE STATISTICS

Units
Period
Tas.
Aust.

Imprisonment
Males
rate(a)
30 June 2003
240.6
290.8
Females
rate(a)
30 June 2003
12.8
20.4
Persons
rate(a)
30 June 2003
123.8
153.4

Victims, by offence category(b)
Homicide and related offences
rate(a)
2003
2.3
4.9
Assault
rate(a)
2003
767.0
809.7
Sexual assault
rate(a)
2003
50.7
90.6
Kidnapping/abduction
rate(a)
2003
1.7
3.5
Robbery
rate(a)
2003
28.7
106.4
Blackmail/extortion
rate(a)
2003
-
1.7
Unlawful entry with intent
rate(a)
2003
1,564.7
2,001.4
Motor vehicle theft
rate(a)
2003
252.3
575.4
Other theft
rate(a)
2003
2,751.7
3,448.2

Higher Criminal Courts, defendants finalised(c)
Adjudicated
Acquitted
%
2002-03
6.3
5.9
Proven guilty
%
2002-03
73.9
81.0
Total
%
2002-03
80.2
86.9
Non-adjudicated
Withdrawn
%
2002-03
18.0
12.4
Other finalisation
%
2002-03
1.8
0.7
Total
%
2002-03
19.8
13.1

(a) Rate is per 100,000 adult population.
(b) The definition of victims varies according to the category of the offence. A victim maybe an individual person,
organisation, or property owned, rented or occupied by the same person or group of people, or a motor vehicle.
(c) There is no Intermediate court in Tasmania.
(d) These totals exclude Queensland defendants finalised by a bench warrant being issued.

Source: Prisoners in Australia (cat. no. 4517.0); Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia (cat. no. 4510.0); Criminal Courts, Australia (cat. no. 4513.0).


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