The New-Brunswick Aboriginal Duty Counsel Project
The number of offences with which the offender is charged, the number of prior offences, more specifically the number of related prior offences, and whether the offender is in breach of a judicial order are all indicators of the seriousness and complexity of offences. The following is a profile of these case characteristics for the duty counsel client population.
According to these data, the majority of the Aboriginal offences were charged with only one offence. A substantial number of offenders were facing two charges. About eighty percent of the population were charged with only one or two charges.
|Number of Charges||Number||Percent|
|Four or More||10||6.9 %|
Most of the offenders in the sample had an offence history.
Forty percent of the population reported to the duty counsel lawyer that they had committed prior offences. About 34 % reportedly had no prior record. Unfortunately, the data are not complete for about 25 % of the population.
Among those who had a prior record, 61. % had committed a related offence.
According to the duty counsel records, about one fifth of the population with prior offences, 21.3 %, had prior offences that were unrelated to the current charges.
Finally, 18.7 % of the population of clients were in breach of a judicial order at the time of, or as a consequence of, the current offence.
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