Table 1
Charges and cases in adult criminal court, Canada, 2008/2009

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Offence category Total charges Total cases
number percent number percent
Total offences 1,161,018 100 392,907 100
Criminal Code total 1,035,940 89.2 344,017 87.6
Crimes against the person 238,567 20.5 94,004 23.9
Homicide
412 0.0 268 0.1
Attempted murder
591 0.1 163 0.0
Robbery
10,644 0.9 4,350 1.1
Sexual assault
8,654 0.7 4,054 1.0
Other sexual offences
8,418 0.7 2,004 0.5
Major assault
50,012 4.3 21,213 5.4
Common assault
91,353 7.9 37,237 9.5
Uttering threats
49,894 4.3 18,368 4.7
Criminal harassment
8,452 0.7 3,163 0.8
Other crimes against the person
10,137 0.9 3,184 0.8
Crimes against property 276,395 23.8 91,923 23.4
Theft
80,362 6.9 38,467 9.8
Break and enter
27,513 2.4 11,465 2.9
Fraud
66,758 5.7 14,416 3.7
Mischief
40,240 3.5 13,849 3.5
Possess stolen property
51,997 4.5 11,768 3.0
Other property crimes
9,525 0.8 1,958 0.5
Administration of justice offences 319,473 27.5 82,573 21.0
Fail to appear
24,158 2.1 5,009 1.3
Breach of probation
99,851 8.6 30,321 7.7
Unlawfully at large
7,539 0.6 2,524 0.6
Fail to comply with order
161,233 13.9 35,879 9.1
Other administration of justice offences
26,692 2.3 8,840 2.2
Other Criminal Code offences 69,859 6.0 18,676 4.8
Weapons offences
44,809 3.9 9,748 2.5
Prostitution
3,179 0.3 1,624 0.4
Disturb the peace
6,169 0.5 1,810 0.5
Other offences
15,702 1.4 5,494 1.4
Criminal Code traffic offences 131,646 11.3 56,841 14.5
Impaired driving
106,835 9.2 45,068 11.5
Other Criminal Code traffic offences
24,811 2.1 11,773 3.0
Other federal statute offences 125,078 10.8 48,890 12.4
Drug possession
39,006 3.4 15,574 4.0
Drug trafficking
30,184 2.6 12,587 3.2
Youth Criminal Justice Act and Young Offenders Act
5,612 0.5 1,222 0.3
Other federal statutes
50,276 4.3 19,507 5.0
Note: Due to rounding, percentages may not add to 100. In Quebec, most drug offences are recorded under residual federal statutes, resulting in an undercount of drug possession and drug trafficking cases and an overcount of residual federal statute cases. Coverage for Adult Criminal Court Survey data as at 2008/2009 is estimated at 95% of adult criminal court caseload.
Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Adult Criminal Court Survey.

 

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