Offence categories en-NZ

How the most serious offence is determined in tables

A range of information is used to determine which charge is a person's most serious in a year. This includes information such as charge outcome, sentence/order type, sentence length/amount, remands in custody and bail and maximum offence penalties.

See Sentence types for information about how sentence types are ranked in the adult conviction and sentencing tables.

Change of method for classifying offences

From 1 July 2010, all New Zealand justice sector statistics have classified offences using the Australian and New Zealand Standard Offence Classification (ANZSOC).

In the past, each justice sector agency had its own method of categorising offences, which made it difficult to compare agency statistics. Such comparisons are now much easier using the common classification method.

See Australian and New Zealand Standard Offence Classification (ANZSOC), 2011 from the Australian Bureau of Statistics website for further information.

ANZSOC divisions

Offences under ANZSOC are classified into 16 divisions:




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