This report provides data on criminal cases finalised in 2011 in the New South Wales Local, Children’s, District and Supreme Courts.
Enhancements to the JusticeLink system in November 2010 have resulted in improved recording of ex parte convictions, legal representation and plea. The proportion of persons with unknown legal representation has fallen from 41.9 per cent in 2010 to 0.2 per cent in 2011. The proportion of persons proven guilty in the Local Courts but with no plea recorded for any offence has decreased from 11.6 per cent in 2010 to 1.6 per cent in 2011. The proportion of persons finalised by ex parte conviction has increased from 9.1 per cent in 2010 to 13.9 per cent in 2011.
Noteworthy trends include the falling of criminal disposals in the Local Court and a slight increase in disposal in the Higher Courts. Criminal disposals in the Children’s Court remained stable. The number of persons/organisations with a matter finalised in the Local Court fell 4.5 per cent (down from 120,662 in 2010 to 115,206 in 2011), while the number of persons with a matter finalised in the Children’s Court was similar over both years (8,630 in 2010 to 8,633 in 2011). Persons finalised in trial and sentence matters in the Higher Courts rose 0.5 per cent (up from 3,474 in 2010 to 3,492 in 2011).