Summary

There has been a 3% increase in the number of cases initiated for the period 01/07/2017 to 30/06/2018 when compared to same time in 2016/17. The number of matters finalised have decreased by 3% when compared to previous year, Pending cases have decreased by 3% from previous year. This has placed Commercial Courts clearance rate at 103% for the period July 2017 to June 2018.

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. 

Commercial Court clearance rate graph

Benchmark 2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018
100% 117% 109% 103%


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.

Commercial Court case backlog graph

Year More than 12 mths More than 24 mths
Benchmark 20% 5%
2015 / 2016 33% 10%
2016 / 2017 14% 28%
2017 / 2018 11% 20%


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.

Commercial Court on time case processing

Year Finalised within 12 Months Finalised within 24 Months
Benchmark 75% 90%
2015 / 2016 86% 95%
2016 / 2017 82% 92%
2017 / 2018 80% 87%


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.

Commercial Court court file integrity graph

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.

Commercial Court cases initiated graph

Year Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4 Total
2015 / 2016 1139 760 582 717 3198
2016 / 2017 766 591 611 664 2632
2017 / 2018 810 611 582 704 2707


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.

Commercial Court cases finalised graph

Year Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4 Total
2015 / 2016 1228 989 732 795 3744
2016 / 2017 769 668 722 711 2870
2017 / 2018 630 718 646 789 2783


Cases pending 

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

Commercial Court cases pending graph

Year Overall Within 12 mths to 24 mths More than 24 mths
2015 / 2016 2059 683 209
2016 / 2017 1828 251 503
2017 / 2018 1793 203 351