Summary

There have been 285 criminal cases initiated in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division for the period 01/07/2016 to 30/06/2017 which has increased when compared to the previous year. The number of matters finalised has also decreased to 251 cases when compared to previous year. The increase in initiated and decrease in finalised cases is reflected in the figures for the number of cases pending, which has increased by 34 cases when compared to 2015/16. Meanwhile, the overall clearance rate for criminal cases is sitting at 88% 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. 

Benchmark 2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017
100% 110% 104% 88%

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 5% 1%
2015 / 2016 2% 2%
2016 / 2017 3% 0%

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
2013 / 2014 90% 10% 0% 75% 90%
2014 / 2015 92% 8% 1% 75% 90%
2015/2016 90% 10% 75% 90% 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.

Year Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4 Total
2014 / 2015 71 78 67 66 282
2015 / 2016 55 74 52 72 253
2016 / 2017 73 64 51 97 285

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 88 91 44 88 311
2015 / 2016 79 73 47 65 264
2016 / 2017 60 69 45 77 251

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 147 11 0
2015 / 2016 136 5 1
2016 / 2017 170 5 0

 

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 criminal appeal hearings.

 

Criminal
2016/17
Appeared
Male
Appeared
Female
Speaking Role
Male
Speaking Role
Female
1st Quarter 75% 25% 76% 24%
2nd Quarter 78% 22% 81% 19%
3rd Quarter 79% 21% 83% 17%
4th quarter 77% 23% 83% 17%