THE Family Court missed all of its performance targets last year, causing delays and added stress for families involved in litigation in the court.The court finalised just 31 per cent of applications for final orders within six months, according to its annual report released yesterday.
The figure was well below its aim of having 75 per cent of applications resolved within that time frame - although the report said this measure was not accurate because of changes in case management.
However, other key performance indicators were also missed.
The court finalised just 64 per cent of applications for interim orders within three months, significantly less than its aim of 90 per cent.
The timing blowout was consistent with the previous three years, but it came as the court's caseload plummeted. The number of applications for interim orders dropped 38 per cent from about 7930 to 4950.
However, individual judges faced increasing workloads as the number of senior and judicial registrars declined and judges were forced to take on their responsibilities.
"This aspect of the court's performance has been significantly affected by the changes in workload and resources," the report said.
Reference source: The Australian