At 30 September 2018 the average age at disposal for criminal trial cases in the High Court was 504 days, information released by Courts Minister Andrew Little shows.
This was down from the average of 548 days at the same time in 2017.
Mr Little has released the information in response to a series of written questions from National MP Chris Penk.
Average age of cases at disposal
Mr Penk asked questions on the average age of all cases in a number of categories and courts which were dispoed in the 12-month period to 30 September 2018 compared to the same time in 2017.
The information provided by Mr Little states that the age at disposal represents the active days between filing and disposal. This excludes any time that a case is "on hold" due to a warrant to arrest the defendant in criminal proceedings having been issued.
The data is based on the Ministry of Justice's Case Management System extracted on 5 October 2018. As this is an operational system, data for earlier months may have been updated since any previous publication.
Average age at disposal in the 12-month period ending 30 September
|District Court criminal||114||108|
|DC category 1 criminal||74||73|
|DC category 2 criminal||75||73|
|DC category 3 criminal||188||176|
|DC Judge-alone criminal||104||98|
|High Court criminal||504||548|
|Substantive Family Court applications||148||147|
Number of active cases
In another series of questions, Mr Penk asked for information on the total number of trial cases in the 12-month period ending 30 September 2018, compared to the same time in 2017.
The data provided interprets this to mean the total number of active trials.
Number of active cases at the end of the 12-month period ending 30 September
|District Court criminal||32,441||31,591|
|DC category 1 criminal||1,837||2,221|
|DC category 2 criminal||11,626||12,273|
|DC category 3 criminal||18,977||17,096|
|High Court criminal||134||137|
|Substantive Family Court applications||24,869||24,416|