Table 3
Cases by decision, adult criminal court, Canada, 2008/2009

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Jurisdiction Total cases Decision
Guilty Stay/withdrawn Acquittal Other
number number percent number percent number percent number percent
Total 392,907 260,649 66.3 114,978 29.3 12,446 3.2 4,834 1.2
Newfoundland and Labrador 5,354 4,151 77.5 1,163 21.7 11 0.2 29 0.5
Prince Edward Island 1,244 942 75.7 287 23.1 9 0.7 6 0.5
Nova Scotia 12,928 8,625 66.7 3,944 30.5 273 2.1 86 0.7
New Brunswick 8,128 6,483 79.8 1,332 16.4 224 2.8 89 1.1
Quebec 67,937 51,319 75.5 6,515 9.6 8,876 13.1 1,227 1.8
Ontario 149,937 89,721 59.8 57,600 38.4 964 0.6 1,652 1.1
Manitoba 17,189 11,132 64.8 5,985 34.8 66 0.4 6 0.0
Saskatchewan 22,591 15,242 67.5 7,033 31.1 194 0.9 122 0.5
Alberta 56,614 37,070 65.5 17,752 31.4 643 1.1 1,149 2.0
British Columbia 46,472 32,760 70.5 12,222 26.3 1,105 2.4 385 0.8
Yukon 948 640 67.5 281 29.6 12 1.3 15 1.6
Northwest Territories 1,628 1,170 71.9 425 26.1 15 0.9 18 1.1
Nunavut 1,937 1,394 72.0 439 22.7 54 2.8 50 2.6
Note: Due to rounding, percentages may not add to 100. Found guilty decisions include absolute and conditional discharges. In Newfoundland and Labrador, the terms 'acquitted' and 'dismissed' are used interchangeably. Stay/withdrawn includes cases stayed, withdrawn, dismissed and discharged at preliminary inquiry. Other decisions includes final decisions of found not criminally responsible, waived in province/territory, or waived out of province/territory. This category also includes mistrials, the court's acceptance of a special plea (e.g. autrefois acquit), cases which raised Charter arguments or cases where the accused was found unfit to stand trial. In jurisdictions not providing superior court data (i.e., Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan), the other decision category includes charges having a committal for trial in superior court as the decision on the final appearance in provincial court. Information from Quebec's municipal courts (which account for approximately one quarter of federal statute charges in that province) are not yet collected. 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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