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Release date: 7 October 2009Embargo Wednesday the 7th of October, 11.00AM
New court statistics released by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research show that in the Local Court between 2007 and 2008:
In the Children's Court between 2007 and 2008:
In the District Court between 2007 and 2008, the median delay between committal for trial and trial finalisation for defendants refused bail but eventually acquitted of all charges increased by 37 per cent, from 138 days to 190 days. The number of cases affected (64), however, was comparatively small.
Commenting on the findings, the director of the Bureau, Dr Don Weatherburn, said that the increase apprehended violence orders in the Far West was not the result of an increase in violence in that part of the State. "Reports of domestic assault are stable in the Far West Statistical Division"' he said.
"The increase in apprehended violence orders most probably reflects an increase in the willingness of victims of violence to enlist the aid of police and courts to protect themselves from violence, intimidation and harassment".
Further enquiries: Dr Don Weatherburn 0419-494-408