MCV pending caseload as at the end of July 2022
The number of pending cases at the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria increased during 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A pending case is a matter that has been listed but is yet to be finalised.
Due to the nature of the court process, the Magistrates’ Court had an average of 70,000-80,000 matters pending prior to COVID-19.
As court operations were temporarily impacted early in the pandemic, the number of pending matters rose to a peak of 145,512 in December 2020.
Since then, the pending caseload has declined, with 103,893 matters pending at 31 July 2022.
There was a small increase in overall pending cases in the month of July (655 cases). This outcome was anticipated as July is typically impacted by school holidays and three scheduled non-sitting days.
For the period of 1 February 2022 to 31 July 2022, the court has decreased pending matters by over 25,000 cases.
The use of online hearings, modernised court practice and expanded powers for judicial registrars enabled the court to maintain access to justice and progress matters through the system in a timely manner.