Summary

There have been 104 cases initiated in the Court of Appeal Civil Division for the period 01/07/2017 to 31/04/2018 which has decreased when compared to the previous year. There was also 109 cases finalised which has also decreased when compared to previous year. The decrease in Initiations and finalised cases is reflected in the figures for the number of cases pending. Which has decreased by 6 cases when compared to 2016/17. Meanwhile, the overall clearance rate for civil cases is sitting at 105% for the period July 2017 to March 2018.

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. 

Benchmark 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017
100% 82% 111% 105%

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%
2015 / 2016 4% 3%
2016 / 2017 7% 3%
2017 / 2018 5% 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.

Year                           Finalised within 12 Months             Finalised within 24 Months           
Benchmark 75% 90%
2015 / 2016 82% 98%
2016 / 2017 87% 100%
2017 / 2018 90% 99%

 

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
2015 / 2016 48 32 37 54 171
2016 / 2017 49 32 35 45 161
2017 / 2018   25 34 45 0 104

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
2015 / 2016    42 35 22 41 140
2016 / 2017 39 47 40 52 178
2017 / 2018 41 45 23 0 109

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 mths13
2015 / 2016   108 4 3
2016 / 2017 92 6 3
2017 / 2018 86 4 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 2016/17 Appeared Male Appeared Female Speaking Role Male Speaking Role Female
1st Quarter 89% 11% 97% 3%
2nd Quarter 87% 13% 97% 3%
3rd Quarter 83% 17% 91% 9%
4th Quarter