Official Statistics of Finland

Prosecutions, sentences and punishments

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Number of fines went down by 12 per cent
24 Sep 2020
According to Statistics Finland's data, 12 per cent fewer fines were imposed in 2019 than one year earlier. The number of petty fines went down by 15 per cent and that of fine orders by 11 per cent. In all, 37,676 fines were imposed by courts of first instance, which is four per cent fewer than one year previously. Slightly more summary penal orders by prosecutors were issued than in 2018.

Description: These statistics contain data on the sentences issued and waived, and charges rejected by courts of first instance. In addition to the prosecutions at district courts and at courts of appeal acting as courts of first instance, the statistics also contain data on the summary penal fines imposed by the prosecutor and on petty fines imposed by the police, customs officials or frontier guard authorities. As a rule, a person is recorded in the statistics as many times as aforementioned decisions have been made about him or her. Another main mode of recording applied in these statistics is the so-called principal offence rule, according to which each defendant or convicted person is described by the most serious offence under the severest punishment decision category of the court.
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Change: Appendix tables in the publication have been replaced by PX-Web database tables
09 Dec 2009
The figures in the PX-Web tables differ slightly from the earlier ones in the appendix tables.

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Prosecutions, sentences and punishments [e-publication].
ISSN=2343-1679. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 2.8.2021].
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