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In 2019         

Crime rate in the Autonomous Region of Madeira (RAM) rose but remained below national average

In this press release, the Regional Directorate of Statistics of Madeira (DREM) presents the time series of justice updated with data from 2019. Information on this statistical domain is provided by the Directorate General for Justice Policy (DGPJ).

Courts – Number of pending cases dropped

The data for 2019 regarding the case-flow of cases in country courts of law in the district of Madeira show a 18.5% decrease of pending cases to 17.5 thousand. In 2019, the number of closed cases (28.5 thousand) was higher than the number of  filed cases (24.5 thousand), which explains why the number of pending cases dropped. In fact, this type of cases has been decreasing in the whole period of the series (2015-2019).

In 2019, there was a clear predominance of civil court proceedings in the country courts of law the Autonomous Region of Madeira. The share of civil cases in the total of filed cases stood at 84.2% (20.6 thousand cases). In closed cases this proportion was of 87.2% (24.8 thousand) and of 87.1% in pending cases (15.3 thousand). The number of filed cases went up by 138.3% over 2018 and by 134.9% in closed cases. Since the number of closed cases was higher than the number of filed cases, the procedural balance in 2019 stood at -4.2 thousand cases, thus accounting  for the 21.5% reduction of pending cases over 2018.

The resolution rate of the proceedings (ratio between the number of closed cases and filed cases) of the country courts of law in 2019 was 116.1%, increasing by 0.5 percentage points (p.p.) from the previous year (115.6%). The resolution rate of civil lawsuits (120.2%) exceeded that of the remaining lawsuits, with the resolution rates of labour lawsuits (85.7%) and juvenile lawsuits (84.1%) having the lowest values.

With regard to the average duration of closed proceedings in the country courts of law, the average duration of civil lawsuit (the longest in the system) went up by three months between 2018 and 2019, from 34 to 37 months, respectively. In the labour criminal cases  besides there was a 13-month drop, with the average duration of juvenile cases decreasing by 1 month.

Registries and Notary- Acts of registry and notary increased slightly

In the Autonomous Region of Madeira, in 2019, 251.2 thousand acts of registry and notary were performed (up by 0.7% compared to 2018), of which 34.1% were related to civil registry and 24.3% to real estate registry, followed by motor vehicle registry (18.3%), notaries (16.8%) and commercial registry (6.5%).

Regarding the number of public deeds in 2019, there was an increase of 11.7% over the previous year, from 5.4 thousand deeds in 2018 to 6.1 thousand in 2019. The vast majority of these deeds were held in the municipality of Funchal (3.1 thousand deeds; 51.7% of the total).

Crimes – Crime rate went up

In 2019, 6.6 thousand crimes were reported by the Police Authorities in the Region, a 5.1% increase over the previous year (6.3 thousand).

The most significant crimes in the total number of crimes registered in 2019 “crimes against patrimony” and “crimes against persons” – stood at 2.5 thousand in both cases, representing in aggregate 76.8% of the total (75.8% in 2018). Compared to 2018, “crimes against patrimony” increased by 7.6%, while “crimes against persons” rose by 5.4%.

By municipality, almost half of the crimes recorded in the Autonomous Region of Madeira in 2019 occurred in Funchal (3.4 thousand crimes, 51.0% of the total), followed by the municipalities of Câmara de Lobos (1 001 crimes, 15.1%), Santa Cruz (643 crimes, 9.7%) and Machico (517 crimes, 7.8%).

In 2019, the crime rate - which corresponds to the ratio of the number of crimes per resident population (in thousands) stood at 26.1‰, higher than in 2018 (24.9‰). It should be noted that this rate was substantially lower than the national average (32.6‰) and also than the value recorded in the Autonomous Region of the Azores (37.6‰). In the Region, the highest rates were registered in “crimes against patrimony” (10.2 ‰) and “crimes of assault” (6.6 ‰).

By municipality, the lowest rate was recorded in Ponta do Sol (12.9‰) and the highest in Funchal (32.6‰). Besides Funchal, the crime rates of Porto Santo (31.7‰) and Câmara de Lobos (29.7‰) also stood above the regional average.


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In 2019, the law enforcement authorities identified and recorded 999 injured / offended spouses (or akin) crimes in domestic violence crimes in the Region, down by 42 from the previous year (1,041 persons). This is the lowest value recorded in the last 8 years, with 2015 being the year with the highest number (1,240 persons). In 2019, three out of four of these injured / offended identified persons were women. 546 of the injured / offended were identified in Funchal and 178 in Câmara de Lobos.

Lawyers – Number of lawyers dropped by 1.6%

In 2019, 486 lawyers were enrolled in the bar association in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, a 1.6% drop compared to 2018 (494 lawyers). Of this total, 49 were still trainee lawyers (10.1% of the total), mostly female (55.1% of the trainee lawyers). In the remaining 437 registered lawyers (89.9% of the total), there were more men (51.9%) than women (48.1% of the total lawyers).

Prison Establishments and Inmates – Prison population stood around 300

According to information provided by the DGPJ, the Prison of Funchal had, on December 31, 2019, a population of 299 persons, a 43.1% increase compared to the same day of 2018 (209 people). The series available (2005-2019) for existing inmates shows that this indicator recorded the highest value in 2011 (306 inmates).



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