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Judicial performance measures

District Court judges are committed to reporting a range of appropriate measures to enhance public awareness of, and confidence in, the judiciary as a well-organised, professional, efficient and independent institution. Performance measures presented are: appeals and reserved judgments.

Appeals

Decisions that are successfully appealed to the senior courts are a common measure of judicial performance. In 2017/2018 there were 432 successful appeals from the total 1,541 appeals lodged following District Court decisions (404 were criminal proceedings, 15 Family Court and 13 civil). This is against a backdrop of 135,617 matters disposed of across all jurisdictions during this period: 131,516 criminal cases, 3,491 defended Family Court applications and 610 defended civil cases. Successful appeals represent 0.3% of this total.

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Criminal Appeals

This is the number of appeal applications made in relation to the number of disposed criminal cases which includes jury trial and Youth Court cases. The number of cases does not reflect the actual number of decisions made in the criminal jurisdiction during the year that can be appealed, but provides a starting point from which comparisons can be made.

 

Pie chart showing successful appeals to disposed criinal cases. 

12 Month Period Disposed Criminal Cases Successful Appeals
to end June 2018 (99.7%) 131,516 (0.3%) 404
to end June 2017 (99.7%) 131,153 (0.3%) 382

Pie chart showing criminal appeals by outcome.

12 Month Period Total Appeals Successful Dismissed / Withdrawn
to end June 2018 1,394 (29%) 404 (71%) 990
to end June 2017 1,432 (26.7%) 382 (73.3%) 1,050

Family Court Appeals

This is the number of appeal applications made in relation to the number of disposed Family Court defended applications, where a hearing was held. The number of cases does not reflect the actual number of Family Court decisions made during the reported year that can be appealed, but provides a starting point from which comparisons can be made.

 Pie chart showing successful appeals to defended Family Court cases.

12 Month Period Defended Family Court Applications Successful Appeals
to end June 2018 (99.6%) 3,491 (0.4%) 15
to end June 2017 (99.6%) 4,128 (0.4%) 15

Pie chart showing Family Court cases by outcome. 

12 Month Period Total Appeals Successful Dismissed / Withdrawn
to end June 2018 78 (19%) 15 (81%) 63
to end June 2017 101 (15%) 15 (85%) 86

Civil Appeals

This is the number of appeal applications made in relation to the number of disposed civil defended cases. The number of cases does not reflect the actual number of civil decisions made during the reported year that can be appealed, but provides a starting point from which comparisons can be made.

 Pie chart showing successful appeals to defended civil cases.

12 Month Period Defended Civil Cases Successful Appeals
to end June 2018 (98%) 610 (2%) 13
to end June 2017 (98%) 671 (2%) 17

Pie chart showing civil appeals by outcome.

12 Month Period Total Appeals Successful Dismissed / Withdrawn
to end June 2018 69 (19%) 13 (81%) 56
to end June 2017 64 (27%) 17 (73%) 47