Court procedures


24 Jan 2019

The focus of this chapter is the court administration functions of Australian and State and Territory courts. Data are reported for the Federal Court, the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court, the criminal and civil jurisdictions of the supreme courts, district/county courts,...


17 May 2018

This report analyses the diversion schemes currently operating in the Magistrates’ and Children’s Courts of Victoria.


27 Mar 2018

The Open Courts Act Review was asked to consider whether the Act is striking the right balance between the need for open and transparent justice, and the need to protect the legitimate interests of victims, witnesses and accused persons, and to preserve the proper administration...


21 Jan 2018

This report recommends significant changes to Tasmania’s criminal justice system, including using communication experts (intermediaries) to assist victims, witnesses and defendants who have communication needs to communicate with police, lawyers and the courts.


9 Jan 2018

This project aimed to assess whether the application of an alternative court model with fixed teams of lawyers operating on a rolling basis in the NSW District Criminal Court resulted in greater efficiency.


13 Dec 2017

Presents the results of a performance audit to assess the New Zealand Ministry of Justice’s investment in improving court services by looking at three projects between 2012 and 2016 that were part of this approach.


26 Oct 2017

This report was prepared investigate the impact of the 2015 Domestic Violence Evidence-in-Chief (DVEC) reforms on court outcomes for domestic violence assaults in New South Wales.

Briefing paper

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 533
2 Jun 2017

This study compares perceptions of police and policing and willingness to cooperate with police in a population-based sample of young adult amphetamine-type stimulant users and non-users, using both quantitative and qualitative data.


Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 532
2 Jun 2017

This study supports previous findings that diversion for minor cannabis offences can save money and lead to better social consequences.

Audio interview


13 Jul 2016

A man's bid to have his murder conviction overturned in South Australia, which could have repercussions for hundreds of other cases, has split the state's Court of Criminal Appeal and will now go to the High Court of Australia. Frits Van Beelen's appeal comes twenty-five...



28 Jun 2016

Barrels of ink are required for the reporting of high crimes and misdemeanours. A decent murder, drugs trafficking, corporate skulduggery or kidnapping trial is a favourite part of the media diet and also feeds the insatiable appetite of the public’s curiosity, or as we sometimes...


18 May 2016

This report forms part of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s research program in relation to criminal justice system’s response to child sexual abuse in institutional contexts.

This study investigated the extent to which joint trials with cross-admissible tendency evidence...

Literature review

Research into the Family Support Program: family law services
29 Apr 2013

The objectives of this literature review (this Review) are to identify existing information regarding Family Support Program (FSP) family law services and related programs; and to identify material in respect of best practices in service delivery and performance measurement in these areas.



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