21 Mar 2009

Court caseloads rising

10:06 pm on 21 March 2009

Court caseloads are increasing.

In a review of the Ministry of Justice, Parliament's Justice and Electoral Select Committee says some of the largest courts list up to 150 cases per day.

Normally only 60 cases would be expected this time of year.

The Select Committee says it is aware the economic situation is having an effect with, for example, increases in the number of liquidation cases being filed.

Chair Chester Borrows MP says there has also been a marked rise in young and poor people in court because they obtained credit which they cannot service.