Most reserved District Court decisions delivered in a timely fashion – report

by Sol Dolor14 Nov 2018

Four in five of the reserved District Court decisions were delivered within three months after the end of proceedings for the 2018 judicial year, according to the District Court Annual Report.

For the 12 months ending in 30 June, 89.32% of reserved decisions were delivered within three months, up from 87.80% in the previous year.

“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 report said.

The bulk of reserved decisions, at 62.85%, were handed down by the court within a month after the end of proceedings, while 26.47% were delivered a month up to three months after.

Reserved decisions from civil proceedings were the most likely, at 64.78%, to be handed down within a month after proceedings. This is closely followed by family court proceedings at 64.62%.

The report said that 57.20% of reserved decisions in criminal proceedings were delivered in the same timeframe. All jurisdictions of the District Court showed improvements from 2017.

Here is the data about how long reserved decisions were delivered by the District Court in the year to 30 June:

All Proceedings

2018

%

2017

%

0 to 1 month

665

62.85%

601

60.58%

1 to 3 months

280

26.47%

270

27.22%

3 to 6 months

96

9.07%

102

10.28%

6 to 9 months

14

1.32%

15

1.51%

9 to 12 months

2

0.19%

2

0.20%

12 months +

1

0.09%

2

0.20%

Total

1,058

 

992

 

 

Criminal Proceedings

2018

%

2017

%

0 to 1 month

147

57.20%

105

53.30%

1 to 3 months

87

33.85%

64

32.49%

3 to 6 months

20

7.78%

25

12.69%

6 to 9 months

3

1.17%

3

1.52%

Total

257

 

197

 

 

Family Court Proceedings

2018

%

2017

%

0 to 1 month

369

64.62%

355

62.39%

1 to 3 months

141

24.69%

149

26.19%

3 to 6 months

53

9.28%

53

9.31%

6 to 9 months

5

0.88%

8

1.41%

9 to 12 months

2

0.35%

2

0.35%

12 months +

1

0.18%

2

0.35%

Total

571

 

569

 

 

Civil Proceedings

2018

%

2017

%

0 to 1 month

149

64.78%

141

62.40%

1 to 3 months

52

22.61%

57

25.20%

3 to 6 months

23

10.00%

24

10.60%

6 to 9 months

6

2.61%

4

1.80%

Total

230

 

226

 

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