Statistics Canada has released the latest batch of stats from the criminal courts (2010/2011). As usual, The Daily has a handy overview; those who are interested in the finer details will find them in the corresponding Juristat publication.
Some points of note:
- The caseload has remained pretty much the same as it was the previous year, at 403,000 cases.
- The great majority of cases involved non-violent offences (77%).
- The most commonly-occurring offence was impaired driving (12%).
- Young adults (18-24) are greatly over-represented: 30% of all accused vs. 12% of the population.
- Two-thirds of cases resulted in a finding of guilt.