Criminal convictions are rising and fewer people are appearing in court, the government says.
Justice Minister Judith Collins is citing the latest court data which she says shows the government's crime reduction policies are working.
"The proportion of charges resulting in a conviction has increased from 70 per cent in 2008 to 74 per cent in 2012," she said on Tuesday.
"Recorded crime continues to fall - we have the lowest crime rate since 1982 - and the flow-on effect is that we are seeing fewer criminal charges laid and fewer people in court."
Conviction and sentencing statistics for the year to June 2012 show:
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