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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 January 2018 - 31 December 2018

Court workload
The Court’s workload increased in 2018 with a total of 1003 new matters filed (697 appeals and 306 applications).  This is an 11 percent increase on total workload compared to 2017.  A total number of 891 matters were disposed in 2018 (620 appeals and 271 applications), a slight increase on the previous year’s disposals.

Civil Jurisdiction
In the 2018 calendar year new civil appeal filings increased by 2 percent (5 appeals) to 239 new appeals compared to the preceding 12 months.  New civil application filings increased by 22 percent (35 applications) to 193 in 2018.  Civil appeal disposals decreased by 10 percent (23 appeals) to 218 appeals over the same period. Civil application disposals increased by 14 percent (20 applications) to 164. As at 31 December 2018, the number of active civil appeals increased by 15 percent (21 appeals) to 161 active appeals compared to the previous year and the number of active civil applications increased by 66 percent (29 applications) to 73 applications.

Criminal Jurisdiction
In the 2018 calendar year new criminal appeal filings increased by 8 percent (34 appeals) to 458 new appeals compared to 2017. New criminal applications filings increased by 41 percent (33 applications) to 113.  Criminal appeal disposals decreased by 7 percent (31 appeals) to 402 appeals disposed during 2018. Criminal application disposals increased by 60 percent (40 applications) to 107. As at 31 December 2018, the number of active criminal appeals increased by 22 percent (56 appeals) to 305 active appeals compared to the previous year and the number of active criminal applications increased by 15 percent (6 applications) to 45 active applications.

Workload statistics 1 Jan 2018 - 31 December 2018 (PDF, 315.5 KB)

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