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Annual statistics

Statistics are provided for 30 June and 31 December year-ends.

The Court of Appeal is New Zealand’s principal intermediate appellate court.  It is also the final appellate court for a number of matters.  The Court deals with civil and criminal appeals from matters heard in the High Court and appeals from criminal jury trials in the District Court.  Matters appealed to the High Court from the District Court and certain tribunals can be taken to the Court of Appeal with leave, if a second appeal is warranted.  The Court may also grant leave to hear appeals against pre-trial rulings in criminal cases, and appeals on questions of law from the Employment Court. 

Workload statistics for 1 July 2017 - 30 June 2018 are as follows:

Court workload
The Court’s workload increased slightly over the 2017/2018 financial year with a total of 647 appeals and 222 applications filed.  This is a 1 percent increase on total workload compared to 2016/2017.  The total number of appeals disposed (638 appeals) has decreased slightly compared to the previous year.

Criminal Jurisdiction
In the 2017/2018 financial year, new criminal appeal filings were steady compared to the previous financial year, with a total of 417 new appeals.  Criminal applications increased from 73 to 85 applications.   The number of criminal appeals disposed during 2017/2018 increased by 5 percent (18 appeals) to 415 disposals.  As at 30 June 2018, the 283 criminal appeals on hand represents a 2 percent increase compared to the previous year.

Civil Jurisdiction
In the 2017/2018 financial year, new civil appeal filings increased by 2 percent (4 appeals) to 230 new appeals compared to the preceding 12 months.  New civil applications increased by 27 percent from 108 to 137 applications.  The number of civil appeals disposed decreased by 12 percent (29 appeals) to 223 appeals over the same period.  As at 30 June 2018, the 161 civil appeals on hand is an increase of 7 percent compared to the previous year.

Data is sourced from the Ministry's electronic Appeal Management System (AMS)

Archived courts statistics
Archived Court of Appeal statistics:

Archived pre-1 July 2016 courts statistics, by courts and jurisdictions, can be accessed here

Judicial media inquiries - Senior Courts (Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court)
Cate Brett - Chief Advisor Judicial Development and Communications
Phone: (04) 466 3437
Cell phone: 021 557 874
Email: Cate Brett