What data is available, and how can it be used to inform legal assistance service planning?

Initiated in partnership with the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Ltd, the Foundation has explored the use of criminal courts statistics to define a proxy indicator of demand for criminal legal assistance in court settings.

Criminal Finalisations Dashboard

The Criminal Finalisations Dashboard is an interactive online data tool that maps and analyses trends in counts of criminal finalisations across all court locations in NSW.

The dashboard uses courts data on criminal finalisations as a proxy indicator of potential demand for legal assistance in court settings. Using data from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR), this dashboard expands on our planning tool to assist the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Ltd that was developed in 2018.

This dashboard is currently under review.
If you have any queries about access to this tool and/or data updates, please contact the team on [email protected].

The background research papers

The Criminal Finalisations Dashboard builds on previous work undertaken by the Foundation which explored the use of criminal courts data as a proxy indicator to estimate potential demand for legal assistance in criminal courts settings.

1. Locating legal assistance demand: Using courts data to support legal service planning for First Nations people in NSW.
In 2018, the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Ltd approached the Foundation to assess the use of data to support planning for their criminal practice. By analysing and mapping counts of criminal finalisations by court locations in NSW over a five-year period, an online interactive database was created. Access the report here.

2. Using court data to support planning legal assistance services for First Nations people.
Subsequently, the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department commissioned the Foundation to explore the possibility of expanding the model designed for NSW to the national level. We conducted a feasibility study to assess data availability across all jurisdictions and applied the model to another jurisdiction through the mapping and analysis of Queensland Courts statistics. Access the report here.