Court Performance - Criminal and Civil Statistics

The following statistics provide workload information on the current financial year and the four previous years for the three Court levels operating within the Courts Administration Authority, South Australia. Data is based on the Report on Government Services counting methodology.

Criminal lodgements have decreased in 2016-17. This is mainly attributed to the removal of breach of bail offences from the data, to be consistent with the National Counting Rules. Breach of bail offences are included in previous years data.

Supreme Court of South Australia

The SA Supreme Court presides over serious criminal matters such as murder, treason and certain serious drug offences and also determines appeals from the lower courts. In its civil jurisdiction the Supreme Court determines cases with unlimited amounts for general and personal injury matters.
 
A series of graphs showing Criminal lodgements, finalisations, clearance rates and backlogs over 3 Financial Years

Criminal numbers refer to the number of defendants.

A series of graphs showing Civil lodgements, finalisations, clearance rates and backlogs over 3 Financial Years
Civil numbers refer to the number of cases.

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District Court of South Australia

The SA District Court is the principal criminal trial court and has jurisdiction to try a charge of any offence except treason or murder or offences related to those charges. Almost all matters have been referred following a committal process in the Magistrates Court. The District Court hears unlimited claims for general and personal injury matters in its civil jurisdiction.
 
A series of graphs showing Criminal lodgements, finalisations, clearance rates and backlogs over 3 Financial Years

Criminal numbers refer to the number of defendants.

A series of graphs showing Civil lodgements, finalisations, clearance rates and backlogs over 3 Financial Years
 
Civil numbers refer to the number of cases

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Magistrates' Court

The Magistrates Court handles the greatest proportion of litigation in the State. Nearly all criminal matters begin in the Magistrates Court and the civil jurisdiction hears approximately 90 per cent of all civil disputes within the state.
 
A series of graphs showing Criminal lodgements, finalisations, clearance rates and backlogs over 3 Financial Years

Criminal numbers refer to the number of defendants.

A series of graphs showing Civil lodgements, finalisations, clearance rates and backlogs over 3 Financial Years
Civil numbers refer to the number of cases.
 
 

Youth Court

The Youth Court of South Australia presides over matters in relation to criminal offending, child protection, adoption and surrogacy.  Adoption and surrogacy figures do not form part of the Report on Government Service counting methodology and are therefore excluded.  The Youth Court hears complaints of offences alleged to have been committed by young people in its criminal jurisdiction.  In its civil jurisdiction, the court hears matter relating to a child’s care and protection, and the court also hears applications for intervention orders.
 
 

Criminal numbers refer to the number of defendants.
 
 

Civil numbers refer to the number of cases.
​Statistics current to 30 June 2019