Annual 2012 Statistics for the High Court – civil case filings down 5%

The NZ High Court hears the more serious and complex criminal and civil cases.  It also hears appeals from lower courts and tribunals. The civil jurisdiction accounts for approximately 60% of the court’s overall workload, and the criminal jurisdiction for around 40%. The High Court in Auckland deals with around 40% of the High Court’s overall workload.

The Ministry of Justice has just released national court workload statistics for the 2012 calendar year.

Ministry statistics show that there was a 5.1% fall in the number of civil cases filed in the High Court in 2012 from the previous year.

They show that there was also a 3.4% decrease in the number of civil cases which were disposed of in the High Court in 2012 when compared with 2011.

The Ministry notes that while there was a decrease in the overall number of civil cases disposed of, there was a 14% increase in the number of civil cases disposed of by trial over the same period.

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