4513.0 - Criminal Courts, Australia, 2009-10 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Magistrates' 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 (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).

In 2009-10, over three quarters (76%) of all defendants adjudicated in the Magistrates' Court had charges finalised in under 13 weeks of initiation. Adjudicated defendants finalised at 52 weeks or longer comprised 3% (Table 3.9).

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

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