Nelson prosecuted charges show lowest decrease in NZ

Information released by Statistics New Zealand shows that 80.1% of all prosecuted charges in District Courts and the High Court in the Nelson cluster resulted in a conviction in 2011.

This was one of the highest rates for any court cluster, and above the national average of 74.5%.

The diversion rate for the Nelson cluster of 4.0% was below the national average of 4.7%, while 15.5% of charges prosecuted in Nelson were not proved - below the national average of 20.5%.

The information also shows that total prosecuted charges in the Nelson cluster dropped by 1.4% from 2010 to 2011. This was the smallest decrease in New Zealand. Nationally there was a fall of 11.1% in total prosecuted charges from 2010 to 2011.

Information on the Nelson court cluster is as follows:

Prosecuted Charges in 2011

Cluster
Convicted
%
Diversion
%
Not Proved
%
Other
%
Total
%
Nelson
7195
80.1
360
4.0
1396
15.5
27
0.3
8978
100
Rest of NZ
200038
74.4
12617
4.7
55594
20.7
793
0.3
269042
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
Nelson
8978
9103
(1.4%)
Rest of NZ
269042
303536
(11.4%)
NZ TOTAL
278020
312639
(11.1%)