Author NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
Published December 2022
Report Type NSW Criminal Courts Statistics
Subject Court statistics
Keywords Court statistics



In the 12 months to June 2022 the NSW Criminal Courts finalised 6% fewer appearances than in the previous 12-month period and 6% fewer than in the years prior to the pandemic (2017/18 and 2018/19). Contributing to the low number in the most recent year was below-average finalisations in the third quarter of 2021 due to the pandemic. In 2021/22 the median time to finalise a defended hearing in the Local Court rose to 279 days from arrest to finalisation; this is an 82 day increase from median time to finalisation in 2017/18 (197 days).
Sentencing figures show a reduction in both the number and percentage of proven defendants receiving a prison sentence in 2021/22.