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Revealed: What crimes in Northern Ireland had the most convictions in 2016?

Drugs offences had the highest conviction rate at courts in Northern Ireland in 2016 - with motoring offences accounting for the majority of prosecutions.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) today published Research and Statistical Bulletin 16/2017 ‘Court Prosecutions, Convictions and Out of Court Disposals Statistics for Northern Ireland, 2016’.

It revealed that 11,060 (40% of all prosecutions) in 2016 were for motoring offences. Of all offences categories, drugs offences had the highest conviction rate at 94%  (1,882).

People in the 18-24 age group accounted for the most prosecutions in court in 2016. They made up 25.9% (7,151) of all prosecutions at courts in Northern Ireland and 26.2% (6,019) of those convicted at all courts in 2016.

The majority of prosecutions completed at all courts in 2016 were cases where the defendant was male (83% or 22,596).

In the Crown Court 89.4% (1,682) of prosecutions were against males while in the Magistrates Court 82.5% (21,255) were against males.

In 2016 83% (22,959) of all prosecutions in all courts resulted in a conviction. This compares with 2015 when 83.2% (24,379) of prosecutions in all courts resulted in a conviction.

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