4513.0 - Criminal Courts, Australia, 2010–11 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Children's Courts >> DURATION OF CASES ADJUDICATED


The nature of the charges presented to the court for a defendant, along with the process required to deal with the charges, impact on the time required for a court to finalise a case. Court resources and complexity of cases can also have an impact. The duration is calculated from the date of initiation to finalisation of the case (for more information about duration see paragraphs 61-62 of the Explanatory Notes and the Glossary).

Almost two-thirds (60%) of the defendants finalised in the Children's Court had their cases finalised in less than 13 weeks, while 4% of cases were finalised at 52 or more weeks. There has been little change in these durations since 2006-07 (Table 4.10).

DEFENDANTS ADJUDICATED, Duration of cases finalised
Graph: DEFENDANTS ADJUDICATED, Duration of cases finalised

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