First Time Entrants to the Criminal Justice System in Northern Ireland 2022/23

Date published: 27 June 2024

The bulletin presents data on first time entrants to the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland for the year 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023.

In 2022/23, first time entrants to the justice system constituted 25.8% of all those dealt with at court or by formal diversionary disposal.  Of these first time entrants, 26.0% (1,982) were dealt with by way of formal diversionary disposal, compared to 74.0% (5,642) dealt with by conviction.  

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