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The official statistics of justice reflect the volume of work of, and the work completed by, courts and public prosecution offices. In addition, they collect data on specific demographic and factual legal variables in the areas of criminal prosecution by the courts, the execution of sentences and probation assistance. Hence, the statistics of justice provide the judicial administration with information for planning and monitoring the efficient use of resources by the judicial authorities. Besides, they offer important basic data to political decision-makers for evaluating and advancing existing laws and policies relating to criminal law. Last but not least, the statistics are used by criminologists as a basis for their research and by the general public as a source of information about, for instance, criminal offences registered by the courts.

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Key figures

Defendants convicted2013755,938
First-instance proceedings
Civil courts20131,487,474
Family courts2013668,713
Criminal courts2013736,029


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