This chapter presents information about defendants finalised in the criminal jurisdictions of the Higher (Supreme and Intermediate), Magistrates' and Children's Court across all Australian states and territories for the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017. All Courts data refer to the grouping of the Higher, Magistrates' and Children's Courts.
A finalised defendant 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 for the court.
This chapter also presents information about a defendant’s principal sentence (or the most serious sentence imposed on a defendant during the reference period). This is not necessarily the sentence associated with the defendant’s principal offence. For more information see Explanatory Notes 47–50.
Data about the length or amount of the principal sentence are available for all states and territories except Tasmania's Higher Courts. Data about sentence length excludes defendants sentenced to life and indeterminate imprisonment.