Court Duration Statistics

The average duration of court cases from filing to resolution.

In this post, we examine court duration statistics from various countries, shedding light on the time it takes for civil cases to reach a final decision. From the median duration in Canada and Australia to the resolution rates in Chile and Singapore, these insights offer a comparative view of judicial timelines across different legal systems.

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"The median duration for civil cases in Canada from initial filing to a final decision was roughly 490 days in 2016-2017."

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"The median time to trial for civil cases in Australia's Federal Court was 17.5 months in 2019-2020."

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"In Chile, about 75.9% of jurisdictional labor cases were resolved within 90 days in 2018."

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"In India, over 87 million cases pending in India’s courts will take more than 300 years to clear."

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"The mean duration of commercial cases in the Swiss courts was about 8 months in 2016."

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"In Singapore, in 2017, 80% of civil claims were disposed of within 18 months."

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"The average length of a trial in Russian economic courts is 10 months."

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"In Nigeria, complex legal matters frequently take several years to conclude."

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"As of 2020 in France, civil cases concluded before the Tribunal de Grande Instance lasted on average between 12 to 14 months."

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"In Sweden, the average time to resolve a civil case in district courts was 7 months in 2018."

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"In China, the Supreme People's Court reported an average court case duration of 125 days in 2019."

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"Danish business-related cases took an average of 336 days from filing to verdict in 2016."

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"In Mexico, civil and commercial cases lasted an average of 2 years in 2013."

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"In Japan, the average duration for civil cases is roughly six months."

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The duration of court cases varies significantly across different countries, with notable differences in the speed of case resolutions. Civil cases in Canada and Japan generally have shorter durations, with median times of less than a year, while in countries like India and Mexico, cases can take several years to resolve. Countries such as Chile, Singapore, and Sweden have implemented measures to expedite case processing, resulting in quicker resolutions for a majority of cases. These statistics highlight the importance of efficient judicial systems in promoting timely justice for litigants and reducing the backlog of cases in courts worldwide.

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