Summary

There has been a 2% decrease in the number of cases initiated for the period 01/07/2017 to 30/06/2018 when compared to same time in 2016/17. Cases finalised had a increase of 1% when compared to previous year, Pending cases have increased by 4% from previous year. This has placed Common Laws clearance rate at 100% 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. 

Common Law Clearance Rate graph

Benchmark 2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018
100% 106% 98% 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.

Common Law Backlog graph

Year More than 12 mths More than 24 mths
Benchmark 20% 5%
2015 / 2016 21% 13%
2016 / 2017 22% 13%
2017 / 2018 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.

Common Law On time case processing measure

Year Finalised within 12 Months Finalised within 24 Months
Benchmark 75% 90%
2015 / 2016 67% 89%
2016 / 2017 68% 89%
2017 / 2018 67% 89%



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.

Common Law Court file integrity measure

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.

Common Law cases initiated

Year Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4 Total
2015 / 2016 585 649 535 620 2389
2016 / 2017 663 688 547 643 2541
2017 / 2018 598 719 560 622 2499


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.

Common Law case finalisations graph

Year Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4 Total
2015 / 2016 658 628 586 672 2544
2016 / 2017 658 640 560 629 2487
2017 / 2018 617 699 500 692 2508


Cases pending 

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

Common Law cases pending graph

Year Overall Within 12 mths to 24 mths More than 24 mths
2015 / 2016 2178 454 277
2016 / 2017 2178 489 289
2017 / 2018 2267 488 273