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Drop in new court cases, but files piling up

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The annual report 2020 of the Supreme Court reveals a decrease in the total number of cases lodged (excluding appeal cases) before the jurisdiction.

The report shows that 9,554 cases were not yet disposed of at the end of the year 2020, representing a rise of 9.3% over the figure of 8,743 in 2019. 

While the total number of outstanding cases (excluding appeal cases) is on the rise, the record shows that the total number of cases lodged before the Supreme Court shrinked from 8,661 in 2019 to 7,612 in 2020; a decrease of 12.1% over a year.

Similarly, the total number of cases disposed of at the Supreme Court, (excluding appeal cases), decreased by 21.1% from 8,709 in 2019 to 6,874 in 2020.

In 2020, 63.7% (991) of cases were disposed of within three months at the Commercial Court compared to 38.0% (1,334) at Family Division and 14.6% (176) at the Registry (Greffe) of the Supreme Court. Out of the 176 cases disposed of at the Registry (Greffe), most (92.6%) were from Civil Proceedings.

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