Summary

There have been 403 criminal matters (Criminal cases and Applications) initiated in the Trial Division in for the period 01/07/2017 to 30/06/2018 which has increased by 166 matters when compared to the previous year. The number of matters finalised have also increased to 357 an increase of 106 matters when compared to the same period in the previous year. The increase in Initiations and finalisations is reflected in the figures for the number matters pending. Which has increased by 48 matters when compared to 2016/17. Meanwhile, the overall clearance rate for criminal matters Trial Division is sitting at 89% for the period July 2017 to June 2018.

Outcome Measures

Clearance rate

The clearance rate, expressed as a percentage, compares the number of matters that have been finalised with the number of matters 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 matters cleared equals the number of matters filed), which aims to ensure there is no increase in the backlog of matters. 

Benchmark 2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018
100% 109% 106% 89%

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 matters are brought to completion within reasonable timeframes.

Year More than 12 mths More than 24 mths
Benchmark 20% 5%
2015 / 2016 20% 10%
2016 / 2017 10% 15%
2017 / 2018 9% 6%

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 matters.

Year Finalised within 12 Months Finalised within 24 Months
Benchmark 75% 90%
2015 / 2016 79% 98%
2016 / 2017 85% 99%
2017 / 2018 94% 98%

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.

 

Output Measures

Matters initiated

Measuring the number of new matters 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 47 44 33 58 182
2016 / 2017 62 56 55 64 237
2017 / 2018 109 117 87 90 403

Matters finalised

Measuring the number of matters 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 58 69 33 38 198
2016 / 2017 66 73 58 54 251
2017 / 2018 100 124 66 67 357

Matters pending 

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

Year Overall Within 12 mths to 24 mths More than 24 mths
2015 / 2016 109 22 11
2016 / 2017 93 9 14
2017 / 2018 141 13 9