The conviction rate of a prosecutor or government is the number of convictions divided by the number of criminal cases brought. Japan has a conviction rate that exceeds 99%, which has been attributed to low prosecutorial budgets impelling understaffed prosecutors to present judges with only the most obviously guilty defendants. In the U.S. federal court system, the conviction rose from approximately 75 percent to approximately 85% between 1972 and 1992. For 2011, the US Department of Justice reported a 93% conviction rate. The conviction rate is also high in U.S. state courts. Coughlan writes, "In recent years, the conviction rate has averaged approximately 84% in Texas, 82% in California, 72% in New York, 67% in North Carolina, and 59% in Florida."
The Crown Court has a conviction rate of 80%, according to the BBC, while the Football Association there wins 99% of the time (in football proceedings).
- J. Mark Ramseyer and Eric B. Rasmusen (Jan 2001), Why Is the Japanese Conviction Rate so High? 30 (1), The Journal of Legal Studies, pp. 53–88
- Sara Sun Beale, Federalizing Crime: Assessing the Impact on the Federal Courts 543, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
- "United States Attorneys’ Annual Statistical Report for Fiscal Year 2011". United States Department of Justice. Retrieved 2013-02-15.
- Peter J. Coughlan (Jun 2000), In Defense of Unanimous Jury Verdicts: Mistrials, Communication, and Strategic Voting 94 (2), The American Political Science Review, pp. 375–393
- "FA defends its discipline system". BBC News.