The number of lawsuits concluded by the criminal courts last year has decreased last year, Judicial Administration Department said today.
The department said the courts were able to conclude 2,484 out of the 3,057 cases submitted in 2010 which is a 29 percent decrease compared to 2009's 3,488 cases.
Magistrate courts in the islands finished 840 criminal cases while 1,644 cases were completed by the superior courts, the department added.
According to the department, the number of criminal cases filed at the courts also decreased to 3,057 from 2009's 4,096 cases.
The magistrate courts in the islands received 900 criminal cases in 2010 compared to the 1,433 cases received the previous year while 2,157 cases were filed at the superior courts in capital Male.