4513.0 - Criminal Courts, Australia, 2011-12 Quality Declaration
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 14/02/2013
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DEFENDANTS FINALISED - METHOD OF FINALISATION
Charges withdrawn by the prosecution
Defendants finalised through charges being withdrawn by the prosecution decreased by 3% from 3,318 in 2010-11 to 3,222 in 2011-12.
For 2011-12, the largest proportions of defendants finalised through charges withdrawn by the prosecution were for the following offences:
States and territories with a higher proportion of withdrawn defendants than the national average (10%) were the Northern Territory (22%), South Australia (18%), the Australian Capital Territory (15%) and Victoria (14%). Western Australia (3%) and Tasmania (2%) had the smallest proportion of defendants finalised by charges being withdrawn.
In 2011-12, 1,323 or 4% of defendants finalised in the Children's Courts were acquitted.
For those acquitted, the largest proportion of defendants had the following principal offences: acts intended to cause injury (30%), theft (19%), unlawful entry with intent (11%), property damage (8%) and public order offences (7%).
The states with the highest proportions of defendants acquitted were Tasmania (15%), followed by the Northern Territory (11%), New South Wales (8%) and the Australian Capital Territory (6%). Queensland (1%), Western Australia (1%) and South Australia (less than 1%) had the lowest proportions.
Defendants proven guilty
Defendants proven guilty includes those who plead guilty or were found guilty by the court, including those found guilty ex-parte.
Defendants proven guilty in the Children's Courts accounted for 26,525 (79%) of defendants finalised in 2011-12.
For those proven guilty, the largest proportion of defendants had the following principal offences: acts intended to cause injury (21%), theft (20%), unlawful entry with intent (14%) and traffic, public order offences and property damage (all 8%).
Queensland had the largest proportion of defendants proven guilty (87%), while South Australia had the smallest (59%).