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Court lodgments rise: report

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Cite as: (2003) 77(4) LIJ, p.15

A federal government report has shown court business is increasing, with the number of court lodgments in Australia rising by 9.4 per cent in 2000/01 to about three million.

The Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services 2003 shows there were 2.1 million lodgments in criminal jurisdictions and 900,000 civil lodgments.

Victoria recorded the highest number of lodgments in 2000/01 with 966,000, due mainly to the high volume of work in the PERIN Court, which handled 662,000 lodgments.

The largest rise in lodgments was in Tasmania, which recorded an increase of 23.7 per cent, while the Northern Territory had the largest drop in lodgments at 28.6 per cent. Victoria recorded an increase of about 15 per cent.

The report found that total court administration expenditure for 2000/01, less revenue, was $912 million.

The New South Wales courts cost the most to run at $255 million, followed by the commonwealth courts at $178 million. It took $125 million to run Victoria’s courts, which was $2 million more than it took to run Queensland’s courts.

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