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 January 2020 - 31 December 2020
The Court delivered 691 judgments in 2020, compared to 682 in 2019.
Total new business
The Court’s workload increased in 2020, with a total of 639 appeals and 338 applications filed.
A total of 626 appeals were disposed of, a decrease of 13 compared to the previous year.
As at 31 December 2020, there were 442 appeals on hand, an increase of 13 compared to the same time last year.
Application disposals increased by 2 to 312.
As at 31 December 2020, there were 129 applications on hand, 26 more 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.
A total of 409 criminal appeals were filed in 2020, a decrease of 29 compared to the previous year.
Criminal appeal disposals increased by 7 to 422.
As at 31 December 2020, there were 260 criminal appeals on hand, a decrease of 13 compared to the previous year.
The number of new criminal applications filed in the year 2020 decreased by 2 to 139 applications.
The number of criminal applications disposed of increased by 2 to 137.
As at 31 December 2020, the number of criminal applications on hand increased by 2 to 53 applications.
The number of new civil appeals filed in the year 2020 increased by 18 to 230 new appeals.
The number of civil appeals disposed of decreased by 20 to 204.
As at 31 December 2020, there were 182 civil appeals on hand, an increase of 26 compared to the same time last year.
The number of new civil applications filed in the year 2020 increased by 36 to 199 applications.
The number of civil applications disposed of remained the same at 175.
As at 31 December 2020, the number of civil applications on hand increased by 24 to 76 applications.
Data is sourced from the Ministry's electronic Appeal Management System (AMS).
Workload statistics for 1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020
Archived Court of Appeal statistic
Archived pre-1 July 2016 court statistics, by courts and jurisdictions, can be accessed here.
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