Official Statistics of Finland

Prosecutions, sentences and punishments

Producer: Statistics Finland
Data:

Latest release:
Number of persons sentenced by courts of first instance decreased further in 2016
29 Sep 2017
According to Statistics Finland's data, there were around four per cent fewer persons sentenced of offences by courts of first instance in 2016 than one year earlier. The total number of persons sentenced was slightly over 53,000. Fifty-nine per cent of them were sentenced to a fine and 38 per cent to imprisonment. Thirteen per cent fewer summary penal orders and fine orders were issued and 12 per cent more petty fines than in the year before.

Next release:
26 Sep 2018

Description: These statistics contain data on the sentences issued and waived, and charges rejected by courts of first instance. In addition to the prosecutions at district courts and at courts of appeal acting as courts of first instance, the statistics also contain data on the summary penal fines imposed by the prosecutor and on petty fines imposed by the police, customs officials or frontier guard authorities. As a rule, a person is recorded in the statistics as many times as aforementioned decisions have been made about him or her. Another main mode of recording applied in these statistics is the so-called principal offence rule, according to which each defendant or convicted person is described by the most serious offence under the severest punishment decision category of the court.
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Change: Appendix tables in the publication have been replaced by PX-Web database tables
09 Dec 2009
The figures in the PX-Web tables differ slightly from the earlier ones in the appendix tables.

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Prosecutions, sentences and punishments [e-publication].
ISSN=2343-1679. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 16.12.2017].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/syyttr/index_en.html

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