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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 6 Hansard (11 May) . . Page.. 2181..


Answers to questions

Courts—sentences

(Question No 29)

Mrs Dunne asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 10 February 2009:

(1) How many criminal sentence judgements, by type of case, were made by the (a) Magistrates and (b) Supreme Courts in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2006-07 and (iv) 2007-08.

(2) In relation to the case of judgements in the Magistrates Court listed in part (1), how many, by type of case, were appealed to the Supreme Court.

(3) Of those judgements listed in part (2), how many sentences did the Supreme Court (a) confirm, (b) reduce or (c) increase.

(4) In relation to the case of judgements in the Supreme Court listed in part (1), how many, by type of case, were appealed to the Court of Appeal.

(5) Of those judgements listed in part (4), how many sentences did the Court of Appeal (a) confirm, (b) reduce or (c) increase.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

1(a) The number of criminal sentences passed in the Magistrates Court over the last four financial years is as follows:

Total sentences

2004-05

3185

2005-06

3627

2006-07

3072

2007-08

3243

1(b) The number of criminal sentences passed in the Supreme Court over the last four financial years is as follows:

Total sentences

2004-05

100

2005-06

118

2006-07

98

2007-08

126

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics 4513.0 - Criminal Courts

The court does not have easy access to data about criminal sentences by type of case and I am not prepared to authorise the use of the very considerable resources that would be involved in providing the detailed information required to answer the Member's question. Consequently type of case information in relation to the questions asked has not been provided.


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