Ipswich court one of the state's busiest
THE number of people appearing before Ipswich Magistrates Court has risen significantly over the past year.
It has made Ipswich Magistrates Court the fourth busiest in the state behind Brisbane, Southport and Beenleigh.
The Queensland Magistrates Court annual report revealed an increase of 2741 defendants and 4462 charges last year compared to the year before.
In essence there were 10,486 defendants charged with 17,895 offences who passed through the court over the past financial year.
It equates to about 1.70 offences per person.
The report revealed there were 695 juveniles charged with 1303 offences who fronted Ipswich Children's Court - a slight decrease compared with the year before.
Ipswich Magistrates Court also had the unenviable tag of being the third busiest in the state for family and domestic violence applications.
Southport and Beenleigh respectively rounded out the top three.
There were 1319 protection orders and 682 temporary protection orders lodged with Ipswich Magistrates Court last year.
There were 205,905 defendants facing 377,312 charges at various courthouses across the state last financial year - an increase compared with the year before.