Palmerston North conviction rate up on NZ average

Information released by Statistics New Zealand shows that 78.9% of all prosecuted charges in District Courts and the High Court in the Palmerston North court cluster resulted in conviction in 2011.

This was above the national average of 74.5%. While the proportion of charges resulting in diversion in Palmerston North courts was slightly above the national average, the proportion of charges not proved - 15.9% - was below the national average of 20.5%.

The information also shows that prosecuted charges in Palmerston North courts dropped by 5.0% from 2010 to 2011. This was below the national average of 11.1% and one of the smallest decreases in the country.

Prosecuted Charges in 2011

Cluster
Convicted
%
Diversion
%
Not Proved
%
Other
%
Total
%
Palmerston North
11727
78.9
715
4.8
2369
15.9
46
0.3
14857
100
Rest of NZ
195506
74.3
12262
4.7
54621
20.8
774
0.3
263163
100
NZ TOTAL
207233
74.5
12977
4.7
56990
20.5
820
0.3
278020
100
 

Prosecuted Charges by Calendar Year

Cluster
2011 Total
2010 Total
Change
Palmerston North
14857
15638
(5.0%)
Rest of NZ
263163
297001
(11.4%)
NZ TOTAL
278020
312639
(11.1%)