The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in restrictions that affected the volume of defendants finalised in the Criminal Courts over recent years. This context should be considered when comparing the Criminal Courts data for 2021–22 to earlier years.
Offences relating to COVID-19 legislation are reported under ANZSOC subdivisions 154 Offences against government operations and 162 Public health and safety offences. The number of these defendants is relatively small as most offences were dealt with by infringement notices outside the criminal courts system. Data on offenders charged against COVID-19 legislation is available in Recorded Crime – Offenders.