Summary

There has been a 17% decrease in the number of cases initiated for the period 01/07/2016 to 30/06/2017 when compared to same time in 2015/16. The number of matters finalised has also decreased by 24% when compared to previous year, Pending cases have decreased by 10% from previous year. This has placed Commercial Courts clearance rate at 109% 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% 85% 119% 109%

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 10% 9%
2015 / 2016 32% 9%
2016 / 2017 14% 28%

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 88% 7% 5% 75% 90%
2015 / 2016 86% 9% 5% 75% 90%
2016 / 2017 82% 10% 8% 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 1181 1287 838 1219 4525
2015 / 2016 1139 762 583 718 3202
2016 / 2017 768 596 615 665 2644

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 943 974 912 1029 3858
2015 / 2016 1254 995 739 812 3800
2016 / 2017 772 669 726 705 2872

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 2628 252 244
2015 / 2016 2070 665 185
2016 / 2017 1854 260 512