The data on remand throughput analysed here represents periods of custody where an offender has maintained a remand status, even where charges have changed during the period. Individual offenders may, in the course of a single year have multiple remand periods, relating either to a single charge (or set of charges) or to successive charges.
"Remanded in custody" starts occur in greater numbers than do sentenced receptions to prison. Around 42% of all remand periods ending in the 2008/2009 year were followed by periods of prison-sentenced status. A further 28% of remands lead either to a new community sentence, or the resumption of an existing community sentence or order.
The graph above indicates a big jump in 2007-2008 in the median stay of remand durations as measured at the end of the period. This may be a result of the project conducted by Ministry of Justice in the 2007/2008 financial year to clear a backlog of cases from the Auckland courts. The defendants in these cases are likely to have served periods on remand longer than 25 days, thus increasing the median duration. Figure 4.7, Remanded snapshot trend in median stay, also shows that the median stay of those currently remanded exceeds the median stay of those exiting from remand by a large margin and has done for some time. In this situation, one can expect that a successful move to clear a backlog of the longer term remandees will again result in the median duration measured at exit going up.
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