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Contrasting the overall decrease in defendants finalised in Queensland, Acts intended to cause injury increased by 19% (1,967) to 12,325 defendants, and Robbery/extortion increased by 32% (396) to 1,639 defendants, reaching their highest levels since 2010–11. However, both these increases in the 2017–18 data can largely be attributed to the inclusion of additional data for defendants transferred that were not previously supplied.2 (Table 24)
METHOD OF FINALISATION
The majority of defendants (87%, 134,934) were adjudicated, of which nearly all (133,496) were proven guilty. Of those proven guilty, 88% had entered a guilty plea.
During 2017–18 there were nearly twice as many defendants in Queensland whose matter(s) was transferred to another court level for finalisation (up from 4,534 to 8,743). This resulted from the inclusion of additional transfer types in the data for the first time.2 (Table 24)
PRINCIPAL SENTENCE AND SENTENCE LENGTH
Of the 133,496 defendants proven guilty during 2017–18:
During 2017–18, nearly a quarter of all defendants finalised in Queensland (23%, 24,595) identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander4, an increase of one per cent (271) on the previous year. (Table 12)
The most common principal offence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander defendants was Offences against justice offences (18%, 4,347), while for non-Indigenous defendants it was Illicit drug offences (26%, 20,436).
Approximately one in five (18%, 3,635) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander defendants who were proven guilty were sentenced to custody in a correctional institution. (Table 13)
1 See Explanatory Note 91.
2 See Explanatory Notes 89 and 90.
3 Excluding life and indeterminate imprisonment (see Explanatory Note 48).
4 Excludes defendants with a principal offence of Traffic and vehicle regulatory offences (ANZSOC Division 14) or Dangerous or negligent operation of a vehicle (ANZSOC Subdivision 041). See Explanatory Note 56.
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