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Tuesday, 7 October 2003
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Mr McClelland asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 11 August 2003:

What was the time taken from filing to hearing date in final orders matters in each Family Court location in each financial year since 1996-97.


Mr Williams (Attorney-General) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Family Court of Australia has provided the annexed table in answer to the honourable member's question.

The annexed table provides a measure of the time taken for the 75th percentile in final orders matters. This means that 75% of cases are dealt with in the time described in the table. This method of expressing various metrics is used by the Court in preference to other measures, such as the median, for technical reasons.

It will be noted that the information has not been provided for the years 1996-97 and 1997-98. The Family Court has advised that this is due to the fact that during that time the Court operated a legacy computer system that has been replaced. Furthermore, the counting method for delay, waiting time and similar metrics has changed since that time and accordingly the information for the two earlier years specified is not comparable with the figures from 1998-99.

75th percentile of time (months) from filing to finalisation* of final orders applications finalised at final hearing (determination) stage.

Registry

Financial Year

Metric(months)

Adelaide

Brisbane

Canberra

*Dandenong

*Darwin

Hobart

Melbourne

Newcastle

Parramatta

Sydney

Townsville

FCoA

1998/1999

75th percentile

24.2

23.6

20.9

25.1

22.1

20.3

26.9

16.9

14.5

13.2

16.6

21.3

1999/2000

75th percentile

24.0

23.8

23.5

24.1

22.6

19.8

22.8

16.1

14.4

14.5

14.8

21.0

2000/2001

75th percentile

22.8

25.7

19.8

20.2

17.4

19.1

20.2

21.0

14.0

13.7

16.3

19.5

2001/2002

75th percentile

24.6

24.2

21.2

13.5

33.6

30.5

19.5

21.6

13.4

14.7

18.1

20.4

2002/2003

75th percentile

25.3

24.4

20.7

15.8

19.8

28.7

22.8

21.8

15.1

17.7

15.8

21.0

*Note:

(1) Darwin registry does not have a resident Judge and that work is only performed on a circuit basis.

(2) During 2001/2002 the Judge and the trial work for Dandenong were transferred to the Melbourne Registry