The data in the Criminal Courts collection counts defendants finalised in court - that is, a person or organisation for whom all charges in a case have been formally completed so that they cease to be an item of work. If a person or organisation is a defendant in a number of criminal cases dealt with and finalised separately within the courts during the reference period, they will be counted more than once in the reference period, either within the same court level or across court levels. For more information about the counting methodology, see Explanatory Notes paragraphs 28–30.
The statistics provide a profile of the characteristics of defendants, as well as data about the offences for which they have been charged, the case outcome (guilty/not guilty), and sentence outcomes for those proven guilty.
The Explanatory Notes provide detailed information on the data sources, comparability, definitions, counting rules and other technical matters associated with the ABS Criminal Courts data collection.