Official Statistics of Finland

Decisions by district courts in criminal cases

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Number of criminal cases decided by district courts decreased further
10 Jun 2014
According to Statistics Finland, a total of 60,700 penal cases were decided by district courts in 2013, which is 2,900 fewer cases than one year ago. A total of 48,200 criminal cases against the Penal Code were decided and 1,000 criminal cases against other acts and decrees. In addition, district courts decided 11,500 other penal cases. There were 73,000 defendants in penal cases that appeared before district courts.

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Statistical releases will not be issued in English from these statistics in 2014.

Description: These statistics on criminal cases describe criminal cases instigated and decided by district courts during the year by district court and type of case. As a rule a criminal case is instigated when the prosecutor presents a written application for a summons to the office of a district court. In certain exceptions the prosecutor may also present the summons personally and the case is instigated when the defendant is informed about the summons. The biggest group of criminal cases handled by district courts are traffic offences, almost half of them cases of aggravated drunken driving, followed by offences against property.
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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Decisions by district courts in criminal cases [e-publication].
ISSN=2342-3951. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 18.12.2014].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/koikrr/index_en.html.

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