Summary

Probate cases initiated for the period 01/07/2017 to 30/06/2018 have increased by 3% when compared to the previous year. Finalised cases have also increased by 4% when compared to the previous year. Pending cases also show an increase from the same period in 2016/2017. This has placed the 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. 

Probate clearance rate

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

Probate case backlog

Year More than 12 mths More than 24 mths
Benchmark 20% 5%
2015 / 2016 7% 7%
2016 / 2017 5% 2%
2017 / 2018 8% 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.

Probate on time case processing graph

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



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.

Probate Court File integrity graph

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.

Probate cases initiated graph

Year Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4 Total
2015 / 2016 5377 5442 5112 5524 21455
2016 / 2017 5664 5596 5058 5280 21598
2017 / 2018 5682 5945 5126 5591 22344


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.

Probate cases finalisations graph

Year Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4 Total
2015 / 2016 5317 5392 4958 5753 21420
2016 / 2017 5489 5799 4774 5493 21555
2017 / 2018 5661 5201 5926 5595 22383


Cases pending 

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

Probate cases pending graph

Year Overall Within 12 mths to 24 mths More than 24 mths
2015 / 2016 1000 862 66
2016 / 2017 993 922 19
2017 / 2018 954 1523 24