Decision Turnaround Time

The Decision Turnaround Time report provides information on how long it takes judges and masters to publish their decision on CanLII after a case's last hearing date. By default, the report only shows turnaround times for judges who have 15 or more decisions in the system for the specific criteria selected. The report can be customized to show data for a specific judge by going to the ‘Refine Search’ menu and selecting the judge’s name under ‘Hearing Details’.

When the report is initially run, you will see a graph at the top of the page which shows the distribution of average turnaround times across intervals of 25 days (see below).   Hovering your cursor over any of the bars will display the exact number of judges/masters whose average turnaround times fall within that specific range. As you further refine your search, this graph can give you broader sense of the decision time distribution for specific decision types, as well as alert you to any potential outliers within your search.

Underneath the Average Decision Turnaround Times graph is a list of judges/masters who've authored decisions within the date range and court selected, with the average response time and the total number of decisions listed for each judge/master. You can click on a judge or master's name to display a detailed list of their decisions, complete with individual turnaround times and PDFs for each decision. Each judge/master page will also have their average and median decision publication time listed at the top.

If you wish to narrow the report results further, you can use the Refine Search menu to filter decisions by case type. (Though be aware that a very narrow search will return fewer decisions for the report's calculations.)

The average decision time is calculated by adding up a judge/master's turnaround times and dividing the sum by the number of decisions. The median decision time is calculated by sorting the decisions from shortest to longest turnaround time and finding the decision at the midpoint. Any decisions published on the same day as they are heard will have the value of "0". Any PDFs lacking a hearing date will have the value "N/A".