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This publication presents nationally comparable statistics relating to the criminal jurisdictions of the Higher (Supreme and Intermediate), Magistrates' and Children's Courts across Australia for the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016. Defendants include persons charged with criminal offences for each court level as well as organisations charged with criminal offences for the Higher and Magistrates' Courts. The statistics are based on administrative records held by state and territory agencies responsible for the administration of the courts and describe the characteristics of defendants, including information on the offences, case outcomes and sentences associated with those defendants. Selected time series data are also included where available. Experimental statistics on defendants finalised for at least one family and domestic violence related offence are also provided for the first time.
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Changes to publication tables
For the first time, experimental statistics on defendants finalised for at least one family and domestic violence related offence for selected states and territories have been included in an additional datacube. These data are drawn from administrative records held by state and territory agencies responsible for the administration of the courts. Please refer to the relevant section of the Explanatory Notes for further information about these statistics.
An additional table showing method of finalisation by sex, age and principal offence has been included as Table 3 in Datacube 1.
A detailed concordance between the 2014–15 and 2015-16 publication tables, as well as a guide to finding data items in the publication tables are available on the Downloads tab.
A number of revisions have been made to the 2014-15 data, particularly impacting on the principal offences 4 Dangerous acts endangering persons and 14 Traffic and vehicle regulatory offences (see Explanatory Notes paragraphs 103-104).
Proportions and percentages cited in the publication text have been rounded up/down to the nearest whole number.
A list of other ABS publications relating to crime and justice statistics can be found on the Related Information tab.
The ABS acknowledges the valuable contribution of the Board of Management of the National Criminal Courts Statistics Unit, the National Criminal Courts Statistics Advisory Group, the Court Practitioners' Group and the staff of the various agencies that provide the data presented in this publication.