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Chapter 2
Prevalence and harm of sexual violence

Case disposal times

2.38Case disposal occurs when the proceeding of a case is completed. This can occur through an acquittal, conviction, discharge or withdrawal of a case.105 The average time, from the date of filing of charges until case disposal for a sexual offence headed to jury trial was 480 days.106 For a sexual offence heard by a judge alone, the average time for case disposal is 167 days.107
2.39Of the sex offence trials that took place in District Courts in 2014/15 (even if they were commenced in the years prior), the mean age of a case at the end of the trial hearing was 443 days, and the median age of a case at the end of the hearing was 419 days from the date of filing of charges. Statistics are to the end of the trial and exclude any time the case was on hold due to outstanding warrants to arrest the defendant for failing to show up at court. Of the sex offence trials that took place in the High Court in 2014/15 (even if they were commenced the year prior), the mean age of a case at the end of the trial was 418 days and the median age of a case at the end of the trial was 424 days.108
105Figures provided by the Ministry of Justice (28 April 2015).
106Figures provided by the Ministry of Justice (28 April 2015).
107Figures provided by the Ministry of Justice (28 April 2015).
108Figures provided by the Ministry of Justice (4 November 2015).