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Roles and Statistics - Total Criminal

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.

Graph of total criminal cases showing new business, disposals and active cases.

  2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018

New Business

 133,034  134,573  136,989  138,735  132,705 
Disposals  136,433  134,353  133,470  137,153  131,516
Active Cases  28,529  28,746  31,874  33,038  34,434

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%)