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​NSW Local Court number one in Australia

Issued: Friday, 29 January 2016

Attorney General Gabrielle Upton today congratulated the NSW Local Court for being the best performing court in its jurisdiction across Australia for the ninth consecutive year.
The Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services 2016 shows the NSW Local Court remains a national leader with clearance rates exceeding 100 per cent, and a strong showing from NSW Supreme Court and Coroner’s Court.
“This is another outstanding report card for the NSW Local Court which is the workhorse of the court system, finalising new cases and clearing old matters effectively,” Ms Upton said.
“The Local Court handles 90 per cent of all criminal and civil cases from start to finish, with the nation’s lowest backlog and highest percentage of cases finalised within 12 months.”
In 2014-15, 99 per cent of civil cases and 98 per cent of criminal cases in the Local Court were less than 12 months old, and its clearance rate increased from 102 to 103 per cent.
Ms Upton said the NSW Supreme Court was also a winner in this year’s report.
“For the first time in five years, all areas of the NSW Supreme Court delivered clearance rates over 100 per cent while also halving its criminal non-appeal backlog,” she said.
“The report shows the NSW Supreme Court has the nation’s highest overall criminal clearance rate for all jurisdictions of 122 per cent - a great result.”
For the fifth year in a row, NSW Coroner’s Courts clearance rates were also above 100 per cent.
“The NSW Government’s investment in court infrastructure and services will ensure NSW remains a national leader in justice services,” Ms Upton said.
“Next month I will be opening the state’s largest regional courthouse at Wollongong, while new buildings at Newcastle and renovations in Wagga Wagga are almost complete.
“I recently announced an extra $20 million to slash the District Court criminal trial backlog, with immediate relief including extra sitting weeks, more judicial resources and more public defenders.
“A further $40 million over four years will expand and improve Audio Visual Link in courts and justice agencies, making justice safer and faster by enabling witnesses and prisoners to give evidence from all over the world.”