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No consistent pattern in court workload changes since 2017

17 October 2018

Information obtained from a series of parliamentary questions for written answer by Courts Minister Andrew Little shows both positive and negative changes in court workloads between 2017 and 2018.

Mr Little provided information at 31 July and 31 August in 2017 and 2018 on the workloads. He said the statistics are based on the Ministry of Justice's Case Management System as at 3 October 2018.

Number of active cases at 31 August
Measure31-Aug-1831-Aug-17Change
District Court civil cases8,7749,312-6%
Substantive Family Court applications25,15224,2064%
Criminal trial cases in High Court1411373%
District Court Category 3 criminal cases18,70317,0809%
District Court Category 2 criminal cases11,41212,457-9%
District Court Category 1 criminal cases1,8822,226-18%
Judge-alone cases in DC28,13628,2330%
Criminal cases in District Court32,00031,7661%
Average 12-monthly disposal time in days
Measure31-Aug-1831-Aug-17Change
District Court civil cases2332158%
Substantive Family Court applications1481461%
Criminal trial cases disposed from HC491552-12%
District Court Category 3 criminal cases1871756%
District Court Category 2 criminal cases75724%
District Court Category 1 criminal cases74731%
Coronial cases179189-6%

Last updated on the 16th September 2019