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Release date: 25 October 2010The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research today released its 2009 Criminal Courts Statistics Report. The main changes between 2008 and 2009 were as follows:
Commenting on the findings, the Director of the Bureau, Dr Don Weatherburn, said that the significant increase in the time spent in custody by offenders refused bail but eventually acquitted of all charges was clearly a matter of concern.
"In the District Criminal Court, the numbers affected are comparatively small (67). In the Local Court, however, the numbers affected by the growing delays are quite substantial (567)."
"At this stage, unfortunately, the cause of the growth in delay remains unclear."
Further enquiries: Dr Don Weatherburn 0419-494-408