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During 2017–18, the most common principal offences were:
During 2017–18, decreases occurred across all offence types, with the exception of Sexual assault and related offences which increased marginally (up 3%, 35) to 1,093 defendants. (Table 28)
METHOD OF FINALISATION
The majority (71%) of defendants had their matter(s) adjudicated, most of whom (25,335) were proven guilty.
Just over one-fifth (22%, 7,943) of all defendants finalised in South Australia had their matter(s) withdrawn by the prosecution, which has been consistently higher than the national average (around 8%) over the time series. (Tables 1 and 28)
PRINCIPAL SENTENCE AND SENTENCE LENGTH
Of the 25,335 defendants proven guilty during 2017–18:
During 2017–18, nearly one-fifth of defendants finalised in South Australia (19%, 4,635) identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander3, a decrease of 7% (375) on the previous year. (Table 12)
The most common principal offence for both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous defendants was Acts intended to cause injury (32% or 1,482 and 24% or 4,247, respectively).
Approximately one in five (18%, 564) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander defendants who were proven guilty were sentenced to custody in a correctional institution. (Table 13)
1 See Explanatory Notes 93 and 95.
2 Excluding life and indeterminate imprisonment (see Explanatory Note 48).
3 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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