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Increases in average case disposal times

28 March 2019

Information released by Justice Minister Andrew Little shows increases in disposal times for cases in the District Court from 2017 to 2019.

Mr Little provided the information in response to a series of written parliamentary questions from National MP Chris Penk.

Mr Penk asked about average disposal times and average age of cases disposed of for the month ending 31 January 2019 compared to the same time in 2017.

District Court case disposals, 12 months ending 31 January - Days
CategoryMeasure20192017
CivilAverage 12-monthly disposal232218
Family Court applicationsAverage 12-monthly disposal148142
Category 3 CriminalAverage age191164
Category 2 CriminalAverage age7767
Category 1 CriminalAverage age7372
Judge-alone CriminalAverage age10791
All CriminalAverage age117100

The disposal time is calculated from the first substantive application filing date to the date of disposal. The information shows the average 12-monthly disposal time. The disposal time excludes any time that a case is "on hold" due to a warrant to arrest the defendant having been issued.

Mr Penk also requested information on the number of District Court cases on hand at 31 January 2019 compared to the same time in 2017.

Active District Court cases on hand at 31 January
Category20192017
Civil9,4968,604
Family Court applications24,67523,974
Category 3 Criminal21,06018,133
Category 2 Criminal13,12913,972
Category 1 Criminal2,0762,650
Judge-alone Criminal32,05731,140
All Criminal36,26834,756

Disposal time in days is calculated from the first substantive application filing date to the date of the case disposal.

Last updated on the 16th September 2019