Limited data about federal defendants are presented in this publication. Defendants who appear in Australian criminal courts may be charged with either a Commonwealth or State legislative offence or both.
For more detailed information on federal defendants refer to Federal Defendants, Selected States and Territories (cat. no. 4515.0)
In 2009-10, 778 (5%) defendants in the Higher Courts had one or more federal offences, an increase of 21% from 2008-09. The proportion of defendants with one or more federal defendants varied across states and territories, ranging from 11% in the Australian Capital Territory to 2% in South Australia (Table 2.3).
Proportion of federal defendants by states and territories