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4513.0 - Criminal Courts, Australia, 2008-09 Quality Declaration 
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DURATION OF CASES ADJUDICATED

The nature of the charges presented to the court for a defendant, along with the process required to deal with the charges (which is affected by the type of plea), impact on the time required for a court to finalise a case. The duration is calculated from the date of initiation to finalisation of the case (for more information about duration see paragraphs 40, 58, 60-61 of the Explanatory Notes and the Glossary).

Almost one fifth (19%) of defendants adjudicated were finalised in less than 13 weeks from the date of initiation, while 44% were finalised in under 26 weeks from initiation. Almost a quarter (23%) of defendants were finalised 52 weeks or more after initiation.

Of defendants that went to trial and were found guilty by the court, over half (52%) were finalised 52 weeks or more after initiation. Of those acquitted, 37% were finalised in this same time period. For defendants who pleaded guilty in 2008-09, 23% were finalised in less than 13 weeks.

The length of time to finalise cases had increased between 2001-02 and 2008-09. In 2001-02 the proportion of defendants with cases finalised in less than 13 weeks was 33%, while the proportion of defendants with cases finalised in 52 weeks or more after initiation was 14%. The comparable figures for 2008-09 were 19% and 23% respectively.

DEFENDANTS ADJUDICATED, Duration of cases finalised
Graph: DEFENDANTS ADJUDICATED, Duration of cases finalised







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