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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 9 Hansard (18 September) . .

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ACT Supreme Court—judges (Question No 314)

Mr Hanson asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 14 August 2014:

(1) How many (a) permanent, (b) acting and (c) additional judges sat to hear matters in the ACT Supreme Court in the (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12, (iii) 2012-13 and (iv) 2013-14 financial years.

(2) How many days sitting in court were undertaken in the ACT Supreme Court by (a) permanent, (b) acting and (c) visiting judges in the financial years referred to in part (1).

(3) How many days outside the court were taken working on ACT Supreme Court matters by (a) acting and (b) visiting judges in the financial years referred to in part (1).

(4) What was the average length of time taken to deliver reserve judgements in the ACT Supreme Court by (a) permanent, (b) acting and (c) visiting judges in the financial years referred to in part (1).

(5) What was the total cost of remuneration or other payments made to (a) permanent judges of the ACT Supreme Court, (b) acting judges of the ACT Supreme Court and (c) visiting judges to the ACT Supreme Court in the financial years referred to in part (1).

(6) How many (a) civil and (b) criminal matters were (i) commenced and (ii) concluded in the ACT Supreme Court in the financial years referred to in part (1).

(7) How many of the civil matters commenced were referred to the Federal Court of Australia in the financial years referred to in part (1).

(8) What was the quantum of administrative costs charged by the Federal Court of Australia to the ACT in relation to referred civil matters in the financial years referred to in part (1).

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The number of judges who sat to hear matters was:

Supreme Court Sitting Judges - Full-Time Equivalent1 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 Permanent Judges 3.8 3.6 3.9 3.7 Acting Judges 0.7 0.3 0.8 0.3 Visiting Judges 0.3 0.2 0.4 0.3

The Full Time Equivalent can be impacted by periods between retirement of one judicial officer and the appointment of another. Therefore while the ACT Supreme Court has a bench of four judges, the FTE has been lower than 4 for the past 4 financial years.

(2) The number of court sitting days in the ACT Supreme Court2 was:


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