Justice - People charged with Harmful Digital Communications Act offences, by plea type 2016–2020
Ministry of Justice
A person is counted once per calendar year. The final plea for their most serious harmful digital communications offence is counted.
Justice service area: The geographical groupings of individual court locations for administrative purposes. This also includes information on courts that have closed.
Court location: The court location is the location of the court where the charge outcome occurred.
People charged per year: A person is counted once per year. When a person has more than one charge with an outcome in a year the details of the most serious offence are included in the statistics.
People convicted per year: A person is counted once per year. When a person is convicted of more than one offence in a year the details of the most serious offence are included in the statistics.
Charge outcome: The outcome of a prosecution - whether a person is convicted or not.
Plea type: When the person who is charged with an offence appears in court they can plead not guilty (if they deny the charge) or guilty (if they admit the charge). If they plead guilty they are usually convicted and the judge gives them a sentence. The person's final plea type is included in this data.
Changes to data collection/processing
From 29 April 2016, the Ministry of Justice sources courts data from the new Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW), rather than the justice sector data warehouse (ISIS) used over recent years. Changes in data processing may cause small differences if compared current output with similar results produced before 29 April 2016.
Prior to June 2017 a different administrative grouping, called service delivery areas, was used.
Data provided by
Justice Statistics: Harmful digital communication offences 2020
How to find the data
At URL provided, download 'View or download the harmful digital communications data tables' file.
Import & extraction details
File as imported: Justice Statistics: Harmful digital communication offences 2020
From the dataset Justice Statistics: Harmful digital communication offences 2020, this data was extracted:
- Sheet: 3.Plea type
- Provided: 40 data points
Dataset originally released on:
September 15, 2020
About this dataset
Harmful Digital Communications Act offences was introduced on 3 July 2015. It aims to deter, prevent and lessen harmful digital communications including cyber bullying, harassment and revenge porn posted online. Offences under this act include 1765: Causing harm by posting digital communication and 1766: Fail to comply with Harmful Digital Communications Act. Examples of harmful digital communication include sending or publishing threatening or offensive material, spreading damaging rumours and sending or publishing sensitive personal information (embarrassing photos and videos).