NSW Criminal Courts Statistics Jul 2017 - Jun 2022
|NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
|NSW Criminal Courts Statistics
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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.