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Roughly 740,000 defendants convicted by final judgment in 2016

In 2016, the courts in Germany convicted a total of 737,873 defendants by final judgment for felonies or misdemeanours. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that this was a decrease of 1,614 people, or 0.2%, compared with the previous year (739,487).

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Judicial proceedings

In 2016 public prosecution offices completed about 5.2 million criminal investigation proceedings

As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) about 5.2 million criminal investigation proceedings were completed by public prosecution offices in Germany in 2016. This was an increase of 3.9% on 2015 (about 5.0 million proceedings).  

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

This image shows two people who turn away from each other (© panthermedia.net /photodeti)

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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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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Data on refugees

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On our special page you will find information on people seeking refuge.

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