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Had a bit of a play with judgements

I downloaded and analysed some judgements.
Its time consuming and I must build an automated process.

Has potential



Case Year
MinOfDays_Between_Hearing_and_Judgement
AvgOfDays_Between_Hearing_and_Judgement
MaxOfDays_Between_Hearing_and_Judgement
2007
13
69
176
2008
80
127.5
228






Precedent Full Case Name
Precedent Case Name
Precendent Case Year
CountOfID
Goode & Goode [2006] FamCA 1346 FamCA 1346
2006
8
Hickey & Hickey & Attorney-General of the Commonwealth of Australia (Intervener) (2003) FLC 93-143 FLC 93-143
2003
6
Norbis & Norbis (1986) 161 CLR 513 161 CLR 513
1986
6
Pierce & Pierce (1998) FLC 92-844 FLC 92-844
1998
6
Williams & Williams [2007] FamCA 313 FamCA 313
2007
5
Kowaliw and Kowaliw (1981) FLC 91-092 FLC 91-092
1981
4
(none)
 
3
A v A: Relocation Approach (2000) FLC 93-035 FLC 93-035
2000
3
Cowling v Cowling (1998) FLC 92-801 FLC 92-801
1998
3
Matthews and Kennedy [2007] FMCAfam 26 FMCAfam 26
2007
3
Rice v Asplund [1979] FLC 90-215 FLC 90-215
1979
3
U and U (2002) FLC 93-112 FLC 93-112
2002
3
AMS v AIF and AIF v AMS [1999] HCA 26 HCA 26
1999
2
Chapman v Palmer (1978) FLC 90-510 FLC 90-510
1978
2
Coghlan v Coghlan (2005) FLC 93-220 FLC 93-220
2005
2
Kennon and Kennon (1997) FLC 92-757 FLC 92-757
1997
2

 Maybe I am not explaining myself well enough
What a  great concept. Could be expanded to have initial filing date that would give a full idea of how long cases are taking from initial application to finalising. Have you sent a personal topic thread to "paul" the senior site developer for any assistance? Also have you been able to use (Find) the Table manipulation icons in the WYSIWIG editor to help you format the table, add borders etc?

Executive Secretary - Shared Parenting Council of Australia
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Of course we could get the 'Case Track' info the Court has been promising. This also includes the mentions and all the other hearings plus who represented who at each Court date and even how long a hearing took.

Mr SECSPCA - ask Uncle Jim when next in Canberra.

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What is the significance of the Count of ID column?

To add to the Secretary's comment, it might be possible to use the forum entry itself by editing the table directly. Others could contribute and share the effort.

When one walks through the court and sees court rooms empty and the story on the TV this week about the Newcastle Registry the time required for cases becomes understandable.

More resources are required, the anguish that people before the court experience needs to be focused on pushing for reforms.

Why is it that on the FCofA site they do not list the cases published by date?

What is done for you, let it be done, what you must do, be sure you do it, as the wise person does today that what the fool will do in three days - Buddha
There is a few things which could be done.

I started with a single magistrate and all their published judgements. This allowed a focus o their style and format (because they all vary a bit). The data extraction process was manual and the data model was developed in access - just using some standard entities -
case, hearing, judgement, client, legal rep, precedent, legal reference, issues

Some derived times were things like indicators about the CSA, assets, custody, relocation, etc about the type of case and sexual abuse, family violence, drugs, alcohol, incompetent parent etc (accused of, admitted, found) for the clients.

Its a bit tedious but the sorts of basic reports are interesting and answers questions like - what's judge x like, what precedents does he use or have been used lately, which parts of legislation are used - how often in what types of cases etc.

But it does mean that reading a case once means it can be codified and reported on.

The types of data extraction processes which probably should be built could be done in python.

Routinely download the published cases as they are put up - analyse using a program (get most of the data) and then eyeball each case to interpret and derive the special codes and identify new codes types.

The other major data source is the published court lists. This would be good to compare those dates fro hearings with the judgments published to get indications matters not making it to final judgment etc.

It's probably best done using an automated process to download and extract the data into the database.

Its really the effort required to get the data into a meaningful format which is the problem because of the variations of styles and formats by magistrates - and the odd data errors in their cases.

initial thoughts were a simple word macro (for each magistrate style) could be set up.

Anyway - its a bit of an effort in design and coding but something which (if I do) will probably be one of the first automated analysis type things for judgements and legislation in general - even possibly tracking the interrelationships between magistrates, precedents, cases , outcomes, etc.

 Maybe I am not explaining myself well enough
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