The 2014 Judicial Functional Review identified that courts are generating massive and growing arrears. The main reason for accumulating arrears is poor planning in the budget preparation process and the legislative reform process. Arrears are increasingly impacting service delivery by courts, including by causing delays in hearings. The number of lawyers and expert witnesses refuse to work unless they are paid in advance causing delays and adjournments in the scheduling of hearings. Arrears also generate a significant amount of work, as court presidents and financial departments operate in a continuous crisis management mode, including the management of litigation against service providers.
Draft Analysis, including main findings and recommendations was discussed with the HJC Financial Sector. Results of the discussion are incorporated in the final report that is available here.