National Statistical Institute
|Contact organisation unit|
„Health Care and Justice Statistics“ Department
|Contact person function|
|Contact mail address|
2, P. Volov Str.; 1038 Sofia, Bulgaria
|Contact email address|
|Contact phone number|
+359 2 9857 592
|Contact fax number|
|Metadata last certified||16 July 2019|
|Metadata last posted||16 July 2019|
|Metadata last update||16 July 2019|
Statistics of Crimes, accused and convicted persons statistics ensures comparable data on crimes, accused persons and persons convicted according to results of proceedings; the number of crimes with penalty inflicted by some kind and accussed and convicted persons. Data are presented by some kinds of crimes (according to the Penal Code), year of committment, age and sex, number of perpetrators, number of crimes, kind and size of penalties imposed.
Cover aspects of the activity of Organisational units of the Ministry of Interior, National Investigation Office, Prosecution Office of the Republic of Bulgaria, Ministry of Defence, Customs agency and State agency „National Security“ and regional, district and martial courts, acting within the territory of the country.
|Statistical concepts and definitions|
The number of crimes and persons convicted for certain reference year includes those with sentence that has come into force during the same year.
Persons convicted, conditionally sentenced persons, as well as acquitted persons, persons released from punishment, and persons against whom legal proceedings have been terminated are included in the total number of defendants.
Persons convicted with all kinds of inflicted penalty, including conditionally sentenced persons are included in the total number of persons convicted.
The crimes concluded with penalty inflicted include all crimes with inflicted penalty regardless they had been committed by one or more persons.
In case of complicity, a crime is considered to have been concluded with penalty inflicted if even when only one of the defendants has been convicted or conditionally sentenced.
A crime committed in complicity ends with acquittal in case when all persons have been acquitted.
Penal proceedings in case of a crime are considered to have been terminated with the termination of legal proceedings against the perpetrator or all perpetrators.
Preparation of crimes is included in the total number of attempted crimes.
In case of the conviction of a person for a number of crimes, data on the penalty inflicted on the person are provided for the most serious punishable offence, and data on each individual crime ? according to the respective type of crime. If according to the verdict in each case penal proceedings concerning these crimes have been concluded with an inflicted penalty, a conditional sentence, acquittal or termination of proceedings, data on each crime are provided under the respective verdict.
For instance, if a person had committed robbery of property, theft of property and fraud - a person has been convicted for the first two crimes, and acquitted for the third one. The person is considered convicted for robbery of property (the most serious punishable offence), while data on crimes have been reported according to the respective type of crime: the first one - as a robbery of property; the second one - as theft of property; and the third one - as fraud ended by acquittal.
In case a number of persons commit a crime, data on the crime itself are provided only once, while those concerning each perpetrator are given depending on the respective verdict.
The total number of defendants and persons convicted does not coincide with the actual number of defendants and persons convicted, as for the duration of the reporting year a person may appear a number of times as a defendant or person convicted.
In terms of the territorial distribution of persons convicted, the place of committing the most serious punishable offence is taken into account or the area of the last committed crime. As regards the continuing crime the territorial distribution is made by taking into account the last actions.
Crimes committed abroad and subject to the jurisdiction of Courts in the Republic of Bulgaria are included in the total number of crimes.
Data about crimes with penalty inflicted and persons convicted are given by districts, municipalities, cities and villages in accordance with the administrative-territorial division of the country according to the place of committing a crime.
All socio-economic indicators characterizing persons convicted refer to the moment of committing a crime.
The age of persons convicted is given in completed years. Persons who have completed 14, but not 18 years are considered as juveniles.
In cases when the person convicted has committed more than one crime, the table about imposed penalties indicates the penalty on an aggregate.
Convicted juvenile persons are included in the total number of persons convicted in spite of data on juveniles are differentiated.
Crimes for which an amnesty has been granted by virtue of amnesty laws adopted by the National Assembly in May, November and December (published respectively in State Gazette?, No. No. 37, 91 and 99/1990) are not included in the data on crimes and persons convicted.
Since 2008 to 2016 data on crimes and persons convicted are obtained on the basis of the NSI statistical survey data and data from administrative source (the Unified Information System for Counteraction to Criminality).
The survey object is the activity of the regional and district courts on penal trials of general, private and administrative character. Since 1998 the information for the activity of military courts and since 2012 – from the Specialized criminal court is also included. The information about the activity of Supreme Court of Cassation is not included.
Surveyed units are crimes, concluded with penalty inflicted and persons convicted with sentences come into force.
Comprehensive survey. Covers all regional, district and martial courts, acting within the territory of the country.
The Republic of Bulgaria's territory.
2010 - 2018
|Unit of measure|
|Legal acts and other agreements|
|Confidentiality - policy|
|Confidentiality - data treatment|
Individual data are not published in accordance with article 25 of the Law on Statistics. The publishing of individual data can be performed only in accordance with article 26 of the same law.
Statistical information publication date is indicated in the Release Calendar presenting the results of the statistical surveys carried out by the National Statistical Institute. Data are disseminated once in the year.
|Release calendar access|
The calendar is available on the NSI website: http://www.nsi.bg
Data on Crimes, accused and persons convicted is published on the NSI website, section Justice and crime in accordance with the Law on Statistics and the European Statistics Code of Practice respecting the professional independence and aimed at objectivity, transparency and equal treatment of all consumers.
|Frequency of dissemination|
|Accessibility and clarity|
Every year as the date is indicated in the Release Calendar presenting the results of the statistical surveys carried out by the National Statistical Institute.
Data on Crimes, accused and persons convicted are available to all users of the NSI website under the heading Justice: http://www.nsi.bg
Anonymised individual data can be provide for scientific and research purposes, and for individual request according to the Rules for the provision of anonymised individual data for scientific and research purposes.
Information service on request, according to the Rules for the dissemination of statistical products and services in NSI.
|Documentation on methodology|
The data are provided by all Organisational units of the Ministry of Interior, National Investigation Office, Prosecution Office of the Republic of Bulgaria, Ministry of Defence and regional, district and martial courts, acting within the territory of the country in line with pre-defined procedure and quality data's ensuring.
In accordance with established criterion on statistical data quality.
Quality criterion are ensured.
An assessment is carried out in the NSI.
Needs are conditioned by necessities of the criminality prevention policy in the country and society need of information on trends in the field of punished criminality.
Regular assessment of needs and ways for their satisfaction is made.
Data cover all Chapters of the Penal Code.
|Accuracy and reliability|
|Timeliness and punctuality|
Data are disseminated according to the Release Calendar timelines.
|Coherence and comparability|
|Comparability - geographical|
Data are comparable.
|Comparability - over time|
Data are comparable.
|Coherence - cross domain|
Data are coherent.
|Coherence - internal|
Data are coherent.
|Cost and burden|
The main burden is on the organisational units of the Ministry of Interior, National Investigation Office, Prosecution Office of the Republic of Bulgaria, Ministry of Defence, Customs agency and State agency „National Security“ and regional, district and martial courts, acting within the territory of the country and the NSI's staff - in RSOs and Central office.
|Data revision - policy|
|Data revision - practice|
Organisational units of the Ministry of Interior, National Investigation Office, Prosecution Office of the Republic of Bulgaria, Ministry of Defence, Customs agency and State agency „National Security“ and regional, district and martial courts, acting within the territory of the country.
|Frequency of data collection|
Comprehensive survey through filling in the statistical questionaire „Card for accused person (1-СС)“ by the bodies of pre-judical and judical processing and data from administrativa source - the Unified Information System for Counteraction to Criminality.
In the NSI at the national level.
Data are processed in the Central Statistical Office at the national level.
Crimes, accused and persons convicted
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