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Court actions largely comprise the laying of charges against an alleged offender that must be answered in court. Offenders may be taken into custody, granted bail or issued with a summons for these charges pending an appearance in court. It should be noted that not all court proceedings initiated by police will proceed to a criminal court. The proceeding may be withdrawn or changed from a court to a non-court action at a later stage of the investigation.
The number of court action proceedings increased between 2011-12 and 2012-13 in:
The number of court action proceedings decreased in:
The majority of proceedings in 2012-13 were court actions. The proportion of police proceedings that were court actions differed across the selected states and territories, from 49% in New South Wales to 81% in Queensland.
The proportion of police proceedings that were court actions increased between 2011-12 and 2012-13 for each of the selected states and territories except New South Wales, the Northern Territory and South Australia. The largest increase occurred in Queensland, where the proportion of court actions increased from 79% to 81%. The largest decrease occurred in South Australia, where the proportion of court actions decreased from 66% in 2011-12 to 59% in 2012-13.
Acts intended to cause injury was the most prevalent principal offence for court actions for all selected states and territories, except Queensland. In order of prevalence, Acts intended to cause injury accounted for:
In Queensland, the most prevalent principal offence for court actions was Illicit drug offences, which accounted for 18% (or 20,370) of all court actions. (Tables 21 – 27)
Footnote(s): (a) Excludes Western Australia (see Explanatory Notes paragraph 63). (b) South Australian data may be overstated (see Explanatory Notes paragraphs 60–61). (c) Australian Capital Territory data may be overstated (see Explanatory Notes paragraphs 70–71).
Source(s): Recorded Crime - Offenders
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