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​NSW Local Court most efficient court in Australia

The NSW Local Court is the most efficient court in Australia, according to a report released by the Productivity Commission.

The Report on Government Services 2015 found that the Local Court had the lowest backlog and the highest percentage of cases finalised within 12 months.

Attorney General, Brad Hazzard thanked the "thousands of hard working staff in our courts and Corrective Services for delivering efficient, quality services".

"The Local Court is the engine room of the NSW justice system, handling more than 90 per cent of the State's criminal and civil cases from start to finish," Mr Hazzard said.

"According to the Commission's Report on Government Services 2015, 99.5 per cent of its civil cases and 98.3 per cent of its criminal cases were less than 12 months old in 2013-14," he said.

"Over the same period, the Local Court increased its clearance rate from 99 per cent to 102 per cent, which means it is not only finalising new cases efficiently but also clearing old matters."

The Supreme, District, Children's and Coroner's Courts also recorded clearance rates of above 100 per cent. It is the fourth year in a row the Coroner's Court has achieved this result.

The annual report, released in sections, can be accessed from the Commission's website at this PS News link.