Summary

There have been 161 cases initiated in the Court of Appeal Civil Division for the period 01/07/2016 to 30/06/2017 which has decreased when compared to the previous year. There was also 177 cases finalised in the same period an increase of 37 cases when compared to previous year. The increase in finalised cases is reflected in the figures for the number of cases pending, which has decreased by 16 cases when compared to 2015/16. Meanwhile, the overall clearance rate for civil cases is sitting at 110% for 2016/2017.

Court of Appeal now reporting on Council appearance by gender and role.

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. 

Clearance Rates Measure

Benchmark 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017
100% 131% 82% 110%

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.

Case Backlog measure

Year More than 12 mths More than 24 mths
Benchmark 20% 5%
2014/2015 6% 6%
2015/2016 3% 3%
2016/2017 7% 3%

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.

On-Time Case Processing Measure

 

Year Within 12 mths Within 12 mths to 24 mths More than 24 mths Benchmark less than 12 mths Benchmark less than 24 mths
2014/2015 76% 18% 5% 75% 90%
2015/2016 82% 16% 2% 75% 90%
2016 / 2017 88% 12% 0% 75% 90%

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.

Case Initiations

Year Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4 Total
2014/2015 54 34 27 30 145
2015/2016 48 32 37 54 171
2016/2017 49 32 35 45 161

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.

Case Finalisations

Year Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4 Total
2014/2015 66 54 21 49 190
2015/2016 42 35 22 41 140
2016/2017 39 47 40 51 177

Cases pending

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

Cases Pending

Year Overall Within 12 mths to 24 mths More than 24 mths
2014/2015 78 6 6
2015/2016 108 4 3
2016/2017 92 6 3

Counsel appearance by gender and role

The below data and graph provides information relating to the gender and role of counsel who appeared in the civil appeal hearings.

Civil Counsel Apearances by Gender

 

Civil 2016/17 Appeared Male Appeared Female Speaking Role Male Speaking Role Female
1st Quarter 88% 12% 94% 6%
2nd Quarter 84% 16% 94% 6%
3rd Quarter 85% 15% 94% 6%
4th Quarter 85% 15% 95% 5%