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Judicial Performance Measures

District Court judges are committed to reporting on 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 2019/2020 there were 576 successful appeals from the total 1,758 appeals lodged following District Court decisions (543 were criminal proceedings, 25 Family Court and 8 civil).

This is against a backdrop of 123,449 matters disposed of across all jurisdictions during this period: 119,648 criminal cases (includes Jury trial and Youth Court); 3,214 defended Family Court applications (where a hearing was held); and 587 defended civil cases. Successful appeals represent 0.5% of this total.

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Criminal Appeals

 Doughnut graph showing successful appeals to disposed criminal cases

12 Month Period Disposed Criminal Cases Successful Appeals
to end June 2020 119,648 (99.5%) 543 (0.5%)
to end June 2019 127,219 (99.6%) 497 (0.4%)

Doughnut chart showing criminal appeals by outcome.

12 Month Period Total Appeals Successful Dismissed / Withdrawn
to end June 2020 1,618 543 (34%) 1,075 (66%)
to end June 2019 1,439 497 (35%) 942 (65%)

Family Appeals

Doughnut graph showing successful appeals to defended Family Court applications.

12 Month Period Defended Family Court Applications Successful Appeals
to end June 2020 3,214 (99.2%)
25 (0.8%)
to end June 2019 3,682 (99.4%) 22 (0.6%)

Doughnut grapgh showing Family Court appeals by outcome.

12 Month Period Total Appeals Successful Dismissed / Withdrawn
to end June 2020 84 25 (30%) 59 (70%)
to end June 2019 99 22 (22%) 77 (78%)

Civil Appeals

 Doughnut graph showing successful appeals to defended civil cases.

12 Month Period Defended Civil Cases Successful Appeals
to end June 2020 587 (98.6%) 8 (1.4%)
to end June 2019 712 (97.5%) 17 (2.5%)

Doughnut graph showing civil appeals by outcome.

12 Month Period Total Appeals Successful Dismissed / Withdrawn
to end June 2020 56 8 (14%) 48 (86%)
to end June 2019 73 17 (23%) 56 (77%)