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November 2018
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Report reveals who uses Supreme Court, why and what outcomes they achieve

Suzie Forell, Christine Coumarelos and Amanda Wilson, November 2018

A new study of nearly 7,000 civil cases first finalised in the NSW Supreme Court in 2016 provides insights into who is litigating, what types of claims are being brought and what outcomes are achieved. The report also highlights important improvements to the JusticeLink system to better inform policy and practice.

Key findings

  • About one in five cases involved mortgagee repossessions, about one in six cases involved family provision claims and corporations list cases were the third most common
  • One-third of cases were e-filed but this varied dramatically by list – from 78.6% in the possession of land list to none in the proceeds of crime list
  • Half of first plaintiffs were individuals and half were organisations
  • Legal representatives were recorded for at least one plaintiff in 96% of cases, but for at least one defendant in only 57% of cases

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Release of Supreme Court report completes pioneering study of civil justice data

The nine Data insights in civil justice reports strengthen the evidence base for civil justice reform in New South Wales. They also provide valuable recommendations on how to optimise civil court and tribunal data for policy purposes, and identify opportunities to refine data collection and management.

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