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— Timely Delivery of Judgments

Judges sometimes defer announcing their decisions at the end of a hearing because of the complexity of their work and matters they must consider. These decisions are “reserved” and delivered at a later time, usually in writing. The following charts show the number of reserved decisions and amount of time taken (in months) to deliver these.

Information on reserved judgments — s 218 of the District Court Act 2016

Parties to proceedings can find information on the status of a reserved judgment by enquiring at the court where the proceedings were held.

Wherever possible, the Court aims to deliver judgment, or reasons for judgment, within one month of the conclusion of the hearing. This cannot always be attained, either because of the nature of the particular case or because workload commitments of the judge preclude it. There is an expectation that 90% of all judgments or reasons for judgments will be delivered within three months.

2019-2020 Fiscal Year
  • 85% of all reserved judgments were delivered within three months from the date of hearing.
  •  83% of reserved Criminal judgments were delivered within three months from the date of hearing.
  • 87% of reserved Family Court judgments were delivered within three months from the date of hearing.
  • 84% of reserved Civil judgments were delivered within three months from the date of hearing.

Delays beyond the 90-day delivery standard are likely to be attributable to the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Chief Judge does not consider any judgment of the District Court to have been outstanding beyond a reasonable time for delivery.

 Doughnut graph showing breakdown of all decisions.

12 Month Period Total
Decisions
0-1
month
1-3
months
3-6
months
6-9
months
9-12
months
12 months
and above
to end June 2020  999 594 258 108 30 3 6
to end June 2019  1,109 702 277 108 18 3 1

 

Doughnut graph showing breakdown of all criminal decisions.

12 Month Period Total
Decisions
0-1
month
1-3
months
3-6
months
6-9
months
9-12
months
12 months
and above
to end June 2020  250 143 65 30 9 2 1
to end June 2019  289 161 91 35 2    

 Doughtnut graph showing all family decisions

12 Month Period Total
Decisions
0-1
month
1-3
months
3-6
months
6-9
months
9-12
months
12 months
and above
to end June 2020  572 349 146 55 17 1 4
to end June 2019 599 389 146  47  14  3  

 

Doughnut graph showing breakdown of all civil decisions

12 Month Period Total
Decisions
0-1
month
1-3
months
3-6
months
6-9
months
9-12
months
12 months
and above
to end June 2020  177 102 47 23 4   1
to end June 2019 221 152 40 26 2   1