This summary highlights key data trends in the adult conviction and sentencing statistics published by Statistics NZ. These statistics include information on adults (aged 17 years or older) with charges in court between 1980 and 2017.
- The number of adults charged and convicted in 2017 remains stable at 77,721 compared to 77,799 in 2016.
- The majority of adult charges result in conviction (76%). This has increased by 5% from 2008.
- The number of Māori adults convicted in 2017 increased slightly.
- Most convicted adults are male (78%) and half were aged under 30.
- The number of adults convicted differs by region.
- Community and monetary sentences were the most common sentence types.
Charges for some offence types have increased more than others including ‘breach of community-based orders’, ‘driver licence offences’ ‘exceeding the prescribed content of alcohol or other substance limit’, ‘assault’ and ‘theft (except motor vehicle)’.