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Common Law

Summary

There has been a 6% increase in the number of cases initiated for the period 01/07/2016 to 30/06/2017 when compared to same time in 2015/16. Cases finalised have decreased by 1% when compared to previous year, Pending cases have increased by 2% from previous year. This has placed Common Laws clearance rate at 100% for 2016/2017.

Outcome Measures

Clearance rates

The clearance rate, expressed as a percentage, compares the number of cases that have been finalised with the number of cases that have been initiated. The clearance rate is an indicator of efficiency, which measures how well the Court uses its resources to manage its caseload. The internationally accepted target applied by courts is 100% (the number of cases cleared equals the number of cases filed), which aims to ensure there is no increase in the backlog of cases. 

Benchmark 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017
100% 100% 107% 100%


Case backlog 

Case backlog data provides a quantitative measure of a court's timely case processing performance, enabling the court to focus its attention on what is required to ensure cases are brought to completion within reasonable timeframes.

Year More than 12 mths More than 24 mths
Benchmark 20% 5%
2014 / 2015 20% 13%
2015 / 2016 22% 13%
2016 / 2017 20% 12%


On-time case processing 

This measure, in conjunction with Clearance Rates and Case Backlog, is a fundamental management tool to assess the timeliness and efficiency of a court in resolving cases.

Year Within 12 mths Within 12 mths to 24 mths More than 24 mths Benchmark less than12 mths Benchmark less than 24 mths
2014 / 2015 67% 23% 11% 75% 90%
2015 / 2016 67% 22% 11% 75% 90%
2016 / 2017 69% 21% 11% 75% 90%



Court File Integrity 

The Court File Integrity measure equates to the percentage of case files that meet established standards of availability, accuracy and completeness; as determined through a process of random audits. The measure is used to demonstrate the effectiveness and efficiency of daily court operations and the fairness of judicial proceedings.

Output Measures

Cases initiated

Measuring the number of new cases that are initiated informs the Court of the volume of its workload received during the year. This is used to monitor the efficiency of administrative operations.

Year Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4 Total
2014 / 2015 648 666 590 713 2617
2015 / 2016 585 647 534 618 2384
2016 / 2017 661 683 542 640 2526


Cases finalised

Measuring the number of cases that have been finalised informs the Court of the volume of its workload cleared during the year. This is used to monitor the efficiency of administrative operations.

Year Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4 Total
2014 / 2015 666 672 604 676 2618
2015 / 2016 664 628 590 674 2556
2016 / 2017 670 630 595 633 2528


Cases pending 

The table below provides a quantitative assessment of the Court's timeliness in processing cases. 

Year Overall Within 12 mths to 24 mths More than 24 mths
2014 / 2015 2357 461 296
2015 / 2016 2170 479 272
2016 / 2017 2212 442 264

 

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