Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

Prosecution Statistics

Prosecution Statistics

During the 2015-16, 3,029 cases were closed in addition to ongoing matters. The cases were referred by 43 Commonwealth investigative agencies, as well as state and territory agencies.

The following tables set out details of prosecutions we conducted in 2015–16.

 

Table 1: Outcomes of successful prosecutions in 2015-2016
DescriptionNo.
Defendants convicted of offences prosecuted summarily1,795
Defendants convicted of offences prosecuted on indictment608
Defendants committed for trial or sentence652

 

Table 2: Summary Prosecutions in 2015-2016
DescriptionNo.
Defendants convicted after a plea of guilty1,743
Defendants convicted after a plea of not guilty52
Total defendants convicted1,795
Defendants acquitted after a plea of not guilty29
Total1,824

 

Table 3: Committals in 2015-2016
DescriptionNo.
Defendants committed after a plea of guilty345
Defendants committed after a plea of not guilty307
Total defendants committed652
Defendants discharged after a plea of not guilty2
Total654

 

Table 4: Prosecutions on indictment in 2015-2016
DescriptionNo.
Defendants convicted after a plea of guilty517
Defendants convicted after a plea of not guilty91
Total defendants convicted608
Defendants acquitted after a plea of not guilty41
Total649

 

Table 5: Prosecution appeals against sentence in 2015-2016
Appeal TypeOutcomeSummaryIndictable
Appeals against sentenceUpheld111
 Dismissed33
Total 414

 

Table 6: Defence appeals in 2015-2016
Appeal TypeOutcomeSummaryIndictable
Against Conviction OnlyUpheld82
 Dismissed37
Against Sentence OnlyUpheld5313
 Dismissed1627
Conviction & SentenceUpheld28
 Dismissed58
Total 8759