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This report deals with criminal cases finalised in 2014 in the New South Wales Local, Children’s, District and Supreme Courts.
While criminal disposals have increased in the Local and Higher Courts, they have fallen in the Children’s Court. In the Local Court, the number of defendants with a finalised matter increased by 4.4 per cent (up from 109,155 in 2013 to 113,917 in 2014). There was a 4.2 per cent increase in persons finalised in trial and sentence matters in the Higher Court (up from 3,618 in 2013 to 3,770 in 2014).
In contrast, there was a 8.5 per cent decrease in young persons finalised in the Children’s Court (down from 7,401 in 2013 to 6,769 in 2014). This is in line with an 11.3 per cent decrease in the number of young persons proceeded against to court by NSW Police in the 24 months to 30 September 2014.