In 2013, 109,182 people were found guilty of one or more offences in the criminal courts of New South Wales. The table below shows the age and gender of persons found guilty in 2014.
People who appear in court may not be representative of all people who commit offences for a number of reasons. In some cases the police are unable to determine who committed the offence, so no one is charged. In other cases police deliberately divert offenders from the criminal court system. For instance, many young offenders are issued with a caution or referred to a Youth Justice Conferencing. Police also issue infringement notices for many minor offences. These figures exclude contested infringement notices for minor regulatory offences.
Despite court statistics only showing offenders who have been both apprehended and prosecuted, they still provide a useful insight into offender characteristics.
* Includes appearances before the Children's, Local, District and Supreme Courts. Excludes those offenders for whom age and/or gender were not recorded
The 2013 New South Wales criminal court figures show that:
The table and figure below show the rate of criminal offending by age group and gender. For each age group, the number of proven offenders has been compared with the resident population of New South Wales, using figures from the 2011 Census published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
From this figure it can be seen that:
Australian Bureau of Statistics 2006, Population by Age and Sex, Australian States and Territories, June 2006 , Cat. no. 3201.0, ABS, CanberraNew South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research 2014, New South Wales Criminal Courts Statistics 2010, New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, Sydney.