Population challenges for the local court of New South Wales: the next 25 years

Brian Opeskin, Nick Parr

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


This study was commissioned by the New South Wales Department of Attorney General and Justice for the purpose of analysing the challenges and opportunities confronting the Local Court of New South Wales as a result of future population movements, and thus providing a basis on which policies regarding the Local Court might be fashioned. From its inception, the study has had the keen support of the Chief Magistrate of New South Wales, Judge Graeme Henson, whose encouragement and assistance we gratefully acknowledge. The study is significant for New South Wales because 95 per cent of all criminal matters, and 90 per cent of all civil matters, finalised in the State are determined in the Local Court. It is thus the only court that the vast majority of New South Wales residents are likely to encounter. The study is also relevant to the Australian judicial system as a whole because the Local Court is the largest court in the land—whether measured by cases lodged or the number of judicial officers—and it is thus in a prime position to lead Australian courts in workforce planning.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNorth Ryde
PublisherAccess Macquarie Ltd
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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