Magistrates are dealing with an increasing number of defendants.
Magistrates are dealing with an increasing number of defendants. Bev Lacey

Courts getting busier in South Burnett

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COURTHOUSES in the South Burnett were kept busy in the past year, with 2358 people charged with 3555 offences.

Magistrates Courts in Kingaroy, Murgon, Nanango and Cherbourg have seen a combined total increase of 201 defendants and 71 charges over the previous year's statistics.

In the past year, 375 minors charged with 874 charges appeared at the region's four magistrates courts - slightly fewer than the number of child offenders appearing last year. And magistrates have made 324 child protection orders from the Kingaroy and Murgon courts, with Cherbourg and Nanango registering zero orders.

Statewide there has been an increase of 8.42% in the number of people appearing in magistrates courts, and an 8.30% increase in charges compared to the previous year.

Chief Magistrate Ray Rinaudo said more than 90% of all court matters came before a magistrates court.

He said magistrates courts were required to deal with an extensive number of different types of offences, claims, applications and appeals.

"In relation to adult defendants, 205,038 were dealt with on 367,503 charges last year," he said.

"This is an increase in the number of adult defendants from last year of 16,514 and an increase in the number of charges from last year of 30,777."

 

2012-13 v 2013-14

Cherbourg

  • Defendants 412 v 479
  • Charges 502 v 590
  • Children's Court defendants 2 v 1
  • Children's Court charges 8 v 6
  • Defendants who are children 0.48% v 0.21%

 

Kingaroy

  • Defendants 597 v 742
  • Charges 1183 v 1261
  • Children's Court defendants 158 v 147
  • Children's Court charges 353 v 343
  • Percentage of defendants that are children 20.93% v 16.54%

 

Murgon

  • Defendants 647 v 687
  • Charges 1038 v 1014
  • Children's Court defendants 258 v 221
  • Children's Court charges 632 v 508
  • Defendants who are children 28.51% v 24.34%

 

Nanango

  • Defendants 501 v 450
  • Charges 761 v 690
  • Children's Court defendants 3 v 6
  • Children's Court charges 6 v 17
  • Defendants who are children 0.60% v 1.32%

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