Commercial Court performance

Summary

There has been a 4% increase in the number of cases initiated for the period 01/07/2017 to 31/12/2017 when compared to same time in 2016/17. The number of matters finalised have decreased by 5% when compared to previous year, Pending cases have increased by 5% from previous year. This has placed Commercial Courts clearance rate at 96% for the period July 2017 to December 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% 117% 109% 96%

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 33% 10%
2016 / 2017 14% 28%
2017 / 2018 11% 22%

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 within 12 Months Finalised within 24 Months
Benchmark 75% 90%
2015 / 2016 86% 95%
2016 / 2017 82% 92%
2017 / 2018 78% 85%

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 1139 762 582 717 3200
2016 / 2017 768 594 612 665 2639
2017 / 2018 810 613 0 0 1423

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 1238 990 734 795 3757
2016 / 2017 769 669 720 712 2870
2017 / 2018 623 748 0 0 1371

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 2059 683 209
2016 / 2017 1828 251 503
2017 / 2018 1915 204 427