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In 2015 public prosecution offices completed about 5.0 million criminal investigation proceedings

5.0 million criminal investigation proceedings were completed by public prosecution offices in Germany in 2015. This was an increase of 6.2% on 2014 (4.7 million proceedings).

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Parental custody awarded to both parents in 96% of divorce proceedings

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In nearly all cases of divorce (96%) in 2013 involving joint minors, parental custody was awarded to both parents (63.425 proceedings) because neither of the parents had applied for sole custody under Section 1671 (1) of the German Civil Code.

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Criminal prosecution / execution of sentences

Number of defendants convicted continues to decrease in 2013

In 2013, approximately 755,900 defendants were convicted by a final judgment in Germany, which was a decrease of 2% from 2012 (773,900). The number of defendants convicted declined by 16% compared with 2007 (897,600), when criminal prosecution statistics were compiled for the first time for the whole of Germany.

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Investigation proceedings by public prosecutors in Germany

In 2013, the public prosecution offices in Germany terminated 4.5 million investigation proceedings. Public debate often focuses on how the proceedings are terminated.

Public prosecutors can end investigation proceedings by bringing charges. From a statistical point of view, however, this is not the general rule. Using the statistics compiled by public prosecutors and prosecutors at local courts, the German-language report on "Staat­sanschwalt­schaftliche Ermittlungs­tätigkeit in Deutschland" examines the overall structure of proceedings terminated by public prosecution offices and quantifies the relationship between bringing charges and other types of termination.

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