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Adult Criminal Court Statistics, 1997-98

NCJ Number
Juristat Volume: 18 Issue: 14 Dated: December 1998 Pages: 1-17
Candace Brookbank; Bob Kingsley
Date Published
17 pages
This is a summary of the activity of adult provincial/territorial criminal courts in Canada for the 1997-98 fiscal year.
Adult criminal courts in the nine participating jurisdictions disposed of 411,576 cases, involving 864,837 charges, an 8-percent decrease in cases since 1994-95. Impaired driving, common assault and theft accounted for almost 40 percent of cases heard. Sixty-one percent of the cases resulted in a finding of guilt for at least one charge in the case, a prison sentence was imposed in 33 percent of cases with convictions and probation was given in 43 percent. Multiple-charge cases tended to result in more serious sentences than single-charge cases. For cases requiring more than one court appearance (80 percent of the caseload), the median elapsed time from first to last appearance was approximately 3 months. Generally speaking, more serious offenses took longer to process. The report includes data on demographic characteristics of the accused, dispositions, sentencing and sentencing reforms. Notes, figures, tables