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 (which is affected by the type of plea), 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 39 and 59-61 of the Explanatory Notes and the Glossary).
Almost two thirds (63%) of the defendants charged 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. In 2006-07, 3% of cases were finalised at 52 or more weeks, while 69% were finalised in less than 13 weeks (Table 4.9).
Duration of cases finalised