The criminal jurisdiction makes up the largest proportion of the District Court’s work.
For the purposes of reporting at the total level, Jury Trial and Youth Court matters are included in the data. The increase in active case numbers is representative of the District Court’s workload which has become more complex and serious.
Criminal statistics are recorded by number of cases rather than people because each case may involve several charges or people. Some cases may be managed together.
Comparing the current year to the previous year has seen:
• New business increase by 6,030 cases (-4%)
• Disposals increase by 5,637 cases (-4%)
• Active cases increase by 1,396 cases (+4%)