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4515.0 - Federal Defendants, Selected States and Territories, 2010-11 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/06/2012   
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PRINCIPAL FEDERAL OFFENCE

One-third (33%) of defendants finalised across all court levels had a principal federal offence of fraud and deception, followed by offences against justice procedures (20%) and abduction and harassment (16%). Of defendants finalised who had a principal federal offence of fraud and deception, most were classified to the ANZSOC Subdivision of obtain benefit by deception (86%) (Table 2.2).

FEDERAL DEFENDANTS - ALL COURTS (a), Selected principal federal offences
Graph: FEDERAL DEFENDANTS - ALL COURTS (a), Selected principal federal offences


Of the defendants heard in the Higher Courts, the majority had a principal federal offence in the following three ANZSOC Divisions: fraud and deception (26%); illicit drug offences (22%); offences against justice procedures (20%); and sexual assault (17%) (Table 2.2).

For the Magistrates' Courts, over two-thirds had a principal federal offence in the following three ANZSOC Divisions: fraud and deception (34%); offences against justice procedures (20%); and abduction and harassment (17%) (Table 2.2).

Over three-quarters of defendants in the Children's Court had a principal federal offence in the following five ANZSOC Divisions: abduction and harassment (41%); offences against justice procedures (14%); miscellaneous offences (9%); fraud and deception (8%); and theft and related offences (7%) (Table 2.2).





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