19 August 2013

Backlogs are one of the most common criticisms of courts, characterised by an overwhelming number of unresolved cases. It is not uncommon that once relatively simple matters enter into the realm of the courts, they become entangled within the court system with no foreseeable end in sight. 

Multiple factors contribute to backlogs such as a lack of manpower coupled with the huge influx of cases, lengthy adjournments, and limited court resources or organisation. The backlog problem is universal and experienced in courts around the globe, causing a huge strain on court resources, undue delay, and adverse consequences on parties involved. The question is, is there a foreseeable light at the end of the court tunnel?