Highest NZ conviction rate in Invercargill courts

Information released by Statistics New Zealand shows that 81.7% of all prosecuted charges in District Courts and the High Court in Invercargill resulted in a conviction in 2011.

This was above the national average of 74.5% and the highest conviction rate for any New Zealand court cluster.

While the diversion rate (4.7%) for Invercargill was the same as the national average in 2011, the proportion of charges not proven was the lowest in New Zealand, at 13.6% - well below the national average of 20.5%.

The information also shows that prosecuted charges in Invercargill courts dropped by 9.9% from 2010 to 2011. This compares to a fall of 11.1% nationally.

Information on the Invercargill court cluster is as follows:

Prosecuted charges in 2011

Cluster
Convicted
%
Diversion
%
Not Proved
%
Other
%
Total
%
Invercargill
5572
81.7
322
4.7
926
13.6
1
0.0
6821
100
Rest of NZ
201661
74.4
12655
4.7
56064
20.7
819
0.3
271199
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
Invercargill
6821
7569
(9.9%)
Rest of NZ
271199
305070
(11.1%)
NZ TOTAL
278020
312639
(11.1%)