The Supreme Court's Strategic Statement sets out our goal, purpose and attributes. It drives planning within the Court and sets the direction for the Court's Strategic Plan.
Our goal is to be an outstanding superior court.
Our purpose is to safeguard and maintain the rule of law, and to ensure:
- equal access to justice;
- fairness, impartiality and independence in decision-making;
- processes that are transparent, timely and certain;
- accountability for the Court's use of public resources; and
- the highest standards of competence and personal integrity.
We aim to achieve our goal and purpose through the following attributes:
Equality (before the law)
Fairness and impartiality
Independence of decision-making and competence
Integrity and transparency
Maintaining a focus on the propriety of the process, the decision and the decision maker, as well as being accountable for our actions, being honest in our dealings and maintaining good systems, procedures and records that are available for audit. The Court conducts its hearings in public and is open to anyone who wishes to observe its proceedings.
Timeliness and efficiency
Efficiently using the time required to properly obtain, present and weigh the evidence , law, and arguments; avoiding unreasonable delay and managing expectations with appropriate resources and skills. We strive to perform all of our functions efficiently and to dispose of cases in a timely manner. As justice delayed is justice denied, we aim to deliver judgments within a reasonable time.
Certainty and clarity
Providing clearly defined decision-making processes, applying the law consistently and communicating reasons for decisions clearly. The language we use in Court and in our judgments is intended to be clear and easy to understand, not only by legal practitioners but also parties.
Innovation and change
Being a leader in innovation in court processes, and adapting to changes in technology, business processes and community expectations in relation to service delivery, while at the same time respecting traditions that continue to serve the Court and the community well.
Courtesy and respect
The Court's Strategic Plan contains a range of strategies to help the Court achieve its objective. Specifically, the Strategic Plan includes projects that drive continuous improvement and excellence.
These projects also align with the seven areas of courts excellence as outlined in the International Framework for Courts Excellence.
Many of the Court's initiatives and areas of reform are also highlighted in the Annual Reports.