First Time Entrants to the Criminal Justice System in Northern Ireland 2021/22

Date published: 07 July 2023

Last updated: 13 June 2024

The bulletin presents data on first time entrants to the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland for the year 1 April 2021 – 31 March 2022.

Revision notice: The bulletin was revised in 2024, to correct figures for some double counting of disposals that had occurred in preparation of the original report.


In 2021/22, first time entrants to the justice system constituted 24.5% of all those dealt with at court or by formal diversionary disposal.  Of these first time entrants, 28.3% (1,954) were dealt with by way of formal diversionary disposal, compared to 71.6% (4,932) dealt with by conviction.   

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