In 2016–17, in the criminal jurisdiction of the supreme, district/county, magistrates’ and children’s courts, approximately 825,202 cases were lodged, and 864,923 cases were finalised.
In the civil jurisdiction of these same courts approximately 436,333 cases were lodged and 440,523 cases finalised.
In the Australian courts, approximately 121,961 cases were lodged, and 117,027 cases finalised.
Total court administration recurrent expenditure less income (excluding fines) by the court authorities covered in this chapter was approximately $1.4 billion in 2016–17, comprising $1.2 billion for the State and Territory courts and $214.6 million for the Australian courts.
Courts aim to safeguard and maintain the rule of law and ensure equal justice for all. Court services support the courts and aim to encourage public confidence and trust in the courts by enabling them to:
- be open and accessible
- be affordable
- process matters in a high quality, expeditious and timely manner.
Governments aim for court services to meet these objectives in an equitable and efficient manner.