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 on questions of law from the Employment Court.
Workload statistics for 1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020
In the 2019/2020 financial year the Court issued 681 judgments, an increase on the previous year’s 633.
Total new business
The Court’s workload decreased over the 2019/2020 financial year with a total of 613 appeals and 299 applications filed.
A total of 613 appeals were disposed of, a slight decrease compared to the previous financial year.
As at 30 June 2020, there were 465 appeals on hand, a decrease of three compared to the same time last year.
The 304 applications disposed of is a decrease of seven compared to the previous financial year.
As at 30 June 2020, there were 101 applications on hand, five fewer than at the same time last year.
Examples of the types of applications dealt with by the Court include: leave to appeal, bail, name suppression, fresh evidence (civil) and disclosure (criminal) and jurisdictional issues.
The number of new criminal appeals filed in the 2019/2020 financial year decreased slightly with a total of 403 new appeals.
A total of 414 criminal appeals were disposed of; 11 more than in the previous financial year.
As at 30 June 2020, there were 291 criminal appeals on hand, a decrease of 11 compared to the same time last year.
The number of new criminal applications filed in the 2019/2020 financial year decreased by 2 to 129 applications.
The number of criminal applications disposed of increased by 7 to 129.
As at 30 June 2020, the number of criminal applications on hand remained same at 56 applications.
The number of new civil appeals filed in the 2019/2020 financial year decreased slightly to 210 new appeals.
The number of civil appeals disposed of decreased by 23 to 202.
As at 30 June 2020, there were 174 civil appeals on hand, an increase of eight compared to the same time last year.
The number of new civil applications filed in the 2019/2020 financial year remained the same at 107.
The number of civil applications disposed of decreased by 14 to 175.
As at 30 June 2020, the number of civil applications on hand decreased by five to 50 applications.
Data is sourced from the Ministry's electronic Appeal Management System (AMS).
Archived Court of Appeal statistic
Archived pre-1 July 2016 court statistics, by courts and jurisdictions, can be accessed here.
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