Conviction & sentencing statistics

We provide data to Statistics New Zealand about adults (aged 17 years or more) charged in court for official release on their website. In March we release the calendar year tables (year ending 31 December). In September we release the financial year tables (year ending 30 June).

Go straight to the tables on Statistics New Zealand's website (external link)

Read highlights from the June 2017 Conviction and Sentencing Statistics [PDF, 1019 KB]

Our criminal courts data for adults is presented on three tables on Statistics New Zealand's NZ.Stat tool.

  • Charges prosecuted against adults by offence type – counts total number of criminal charges disposed in court each year. People often face multiple charges in a year, and sometimes one incident may lead to several charges in court, in one or more different offence categories (for example, people charged with fraud often face several related charges). Each charge is counted separately in this table, and each charge has a separate outcome. This table provides a useful indicator of the volume and type of offences prosecuted each year, and therefore court workloads. This table can be broken down by court, offence type, and the outcome of the charge (for example, convicted, not proved or discharged).
  • Adults charged in court – Most serious offence  counts number of adults charged in court each year. The table counts each person only once in a year for their most serious offence, regardless of which court they appeared in. Information in this table is available about the offence type and the location of the court they appeared in.
  • Adults convicted in court by sentence type – Most serious offence – counts number of adults convicted each year by the type of sentence they received. This table can be broken down by age, gender and ethnicity. The table counts each person only once in a year for their most serious offence, regardless of which court they appeared in.

These tables go back as far as 1980.

More detailed information on the data in these tables is on the Statistics NZ website

Statistics NZ website (external link)

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