The revision of retributive justice has not previously been investigated comprehensively, despite the fact that it is a more controversial issue than the previous wave of retribution. Previous writings primarily use Ministry of Justice statistics, but these only include the number of convicted people, and not the number of cases of acquittal. As such, we consider this paper represents an initial study on researching the revision of retribution using statistical methods. Above all, it is a study which endeavours to use unprocessed archival material known about, and synthesise conclusions from this despite being aware of the shortcomings which will have to be dealt with in future. A previously unanswered question is the class profile of defendants and a percentage comparison with population numbers in the particular area. If a particular court convicted more farmers in an agricultural area, this finding will have a different relevance than if the court was near a large town with a higher proportion of clerics and entrepreneurs. One cannot use the data of defendants and those convicted in isolation without ascertaining the differentiation of society, and base our study only on the rules and assumptions set up by the regime at the time.