Summary

There has been a 2% increase in the number of cases initiated for the period 01/07/2017 to 31/04/2018 when compared to same time in 2016/17. The number of matters finalised has decreased by 3% when compared to previous year. Pending cases have increased by 4% from previous year. This has placed Supreme Court of Victoria's clearance rate at 99% for the period July 2017 to March 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. 

Benchmark 2015/2016 2016/2017 2017/2018
100% 111% 103% 99%

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 25% 11%
2016 / 2017 17% 19%
2017 / 2018 14% 15%

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 within12 Months Finalised within 24 Months
Benchmark 75% 90%
2015 / 2016 80% 93%
2016 / 2017 78% 92%
2017 / 2018 77% 90%

 

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

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 1999 1680 1367 1635 6681
2016 / 2017 1723 1544 1411 1589 6267
2017 / 2018 1697 1641 1442 0 4780

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 2204 1918 1530 1781 7433
2016 / 2017 1700 1613 1534 1628 6475
2017 / 2018 1538 1779 1402 0 4719

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
2015 / 2016 4950 1168 501
2016 / 2017 4361 756 809
2017 / 2018 4531 649 662