Felonies have dropped no­tably

Public Pros­e­cu­tion re­ceives a to­tal of 16,287 cases

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT: An­nual sta­tis­tics is­sued by the Jus­tice Min­istry in 2016 show the public pros­e­cu­tion re­ceived a to­tal of 16,287 cases, vary­ing be­tween felonies, com­mer­cial mis­de­meanors, ju­ve­nile crimes, me­dia crimes, cheque fraud, drugs and mis­use of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy. The pub­li­ca­tion by the sta­tis­tics and re­search de­part­ment at the Jus­tice Min­istry has the most ac­cu­rate and im­por­tant data as well as sta­tis­ti­cal in­di­ca­tors of the ju­di­ciary’s achieve­ments.

“This pub­li­ca­tion is con­sid­ered one of the most im­por­tant achieve­ments the sta­tis­tics and re­search de­part­ment is keen to is­sue ev­ery year. It con­tains com­pre­hen­sive data that cover var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties of the court sec­tors, public pros­e­cu­tion and sup­port­ing de­part­ments com­pared with the five pre­vi­ous years and pre­dic­tion for the next five years,” Direc­tor of the de­part­ment Haifa Al-Shim­mari said. “The de­part­ment wants the largest pos­si­ble group of re­searchers to ben­e­fit from the ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion and data in this book,” she added.

Sta­tis­tics show 15,241 cases were pro­cessed, dis­trib­uted be­tween 9,266 cases sent to the com­pre­hen­sive court and 5,975 cases shelved, while 209 cases are still in courts. Felonies made up the largest share of cases with 6,507 cases re­ceived by the public pros­e­cu­tion, followed by 2,865 cy­ber­crime cases. The least num­ber of cases were jour­nal­ism mis­de­meanors (251 cases) and fi­nally au­dio­vi­sual crimes (27 cases). De­spite the rise in felonies, stats show that the num­ber of th­ese cases re­ceived in 2016 dropped no­tably com­pared to pre­vi­ous years by 11.99 per­cent, as the num­ber of felonies reached 6,507, with 7,389 cases in 2015 and 8,792 in 2014. — Al-Rai

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