The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in restrictions in some states and territories that affected the volume of defendants that could be finalised in the Criminal Courts in 2020–21. This context should be considered when interpreting the Criminal Courts data for the 2020–21 and 2019–20 reference periods, and when comparing 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 small as most offences were managed outside the criminal courts system, for example through state fines agencies. Data on offenders against COVID-19 legislation is available in the Recorded Crime – Offenders publication.