Output 3.1 Courts and Tribunal

High quality support to judicial officers and tribunal members in the ACT Courts and Tribunal and high-quality services to the public using the courts and the tribunal.

Table 89 – Output 3.1 Courts and Tribunal


2020/21 Original
Target

2020-21
Result

Variance
%

Notes

Total Cost ($'000)

79 272

72 220

(9)            

 

Controlled Recurrent Payments ($'000)

58 221

49 923

(14)          

 

Accountability Indicators

 

 

 

 

Courts

 

 

 

 

a) Cost per finalised criminal case i:

 

 

 

 

  • Supreme Court

$44 600

$48 470

9              

 

  • Magistrates Court

$2 250

$2 211

(2)            

 

b) Cost per finalised civil case i:

 

 

 

 

  • Supreme Court

$21 800

$18 484

(15)          

2

  • Magistrates Court

$3 600

$3 838

7              

 

c) Criminal Case Clearance Indicator - Number of Supreme Court finalisations, divided by the number of lodgements

100%

97%

(3)            

 

d) Criminal Case Clearance Indicator - Number of Magistrates Court finalisations, divided by the number of lodgements

100%

105%

5              

 

e) Civil Case Clearance Indicator - Number of Supreme Court finalisations, divided by the number of lodgements

100%

111%

11            

3

f) Civil Case Clearance Indicator - Number of Magistrates Court finalisations, divided by the number of lodgements ii

100%

102%

2                

 

Tribunal

 

 

 

 

g) Clearance Indicator - Percentage of ACAT finalisations, divided by the number of lodgements iii

100%

112%

12            

4

The above Accountability Indicators should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes.

The above Accountability Indicators were examined in accordance with the Financial Management Act 1996.  The Total Cost and Controlled Recurrent Payments measures were not examined by the ACT Audit Office in accordance with the Financial Management (Statement of Performance Scrutiny) Guidelines 2019.

Explanation of Accountability Indicators

  1. For the purpose of this report a 'case' is defined as per the counting rules detailed in the

Report on Government Services (ROGS) Data Collection Manual Courts, Chapters 6, 7 and 8.

  1. The civil case clearance indicator for the Magistrates Court includes the Coroners Court and Children’s Court.
  2. ACAT - ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Notes - Explanation of Material Variances (≥ +/-10%)

  1. The lower than target result is mainly due to Magistrates Court rent savings ($4.6 million) following the later completion of the new ACT Public Private Partnership (PPP) Courts Facilities, transfer of appropriation from 2020-21 to 2021-22 and the impact of undrawn appropriation due to use of available cash reserves.
  2. The cost is below the target due to the continuation of the concerted effort to maintain finalisation rates, while the costs have remained relatively constant.
  3. Supreme Court civil clearance rate is above the target due to lower-than-expected lodgements, while maintaining the same level of finalisations.
  4. Additional hearings were held to catch up on matters that were suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, such as residential tenancy and civil matters. These hearings have increased the number of matters finalised.