Hearing Analytics

The Hearing Analytics report is designed to provide at-a-glance information about specific types of hearings. 

At the top of the report, you'll be prompted to choose a Court, Practice Area, and type of hearing. You can also select a broader category of hearings (for instance, 'All Trials'). 

Decision Counts:

After the report has been run, it will return a count of the number of hearings published from 2010 to present, as well as the number of hearings published within the last 12 months. Note that this is a hearing count, not a decision count. Some decisions may include multiple hearings.

Both timeframes are provided so that it is simple to see if there's been a recent change in how a particular hearing is treated by the courts.

Below is an image showing the results for 'Motion by plaintiff for summary judgment' in civil decisions from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Throughout the report, elements labelled '2010 to present' include any hearings published between January 1, 2010 and the present date. Elements labelled 'last 12 months' include any hearings published in the last calendar year. For example, if you run the report on May 12, 2017, the report will return a count of hearings between May 11, 2016 and May 12, 2017.

Median and Average Turnaround Times:

For an individual decision, the ‘turnaround time’ is the number of days that elapsed between the date of the last hearing and the date that the decision was published. For instance, if a hearing took place on January 1st and the decision was published on January 4th, the turnaround time is three days. If a decision is published on the same day as the hearing, the turnaround time is zero days.

Note that turnaround times are calculated based on decision publication times. This can make it seem as if certain hearings have longer publication times if they have a tendency to appear in complex or lengthy decisions. For example, if a published decision included 12 separate motions and the turnaround time was 100 days, each motion in that decision would be considered to have a turnaround time of 100 days, even though the publication time might have been shorter if the judge was considering each motion separately. 

For some decisions, a hearing date may be missing (for instance, if the decision was heard in writing and there is no record of the submission date). In those cases, the decision turnaround time is unknown. Decisions with unknown turnaround times are not included in the average and median calculations.

The average decision turnaround time is calculated by adding up the individual turnaround times from all decisions that: A) include your selected hearing type, and B) have a turnaround time value. That amount is then divided by the number of decisions. The median decision time is calculated by sorting the decisions from shortest turnaround time to longest turnaround time and finding the decision at the midpoint. (If there is an even number of decisions, the median is calculated by averaging the two midpoint values.) While both values are useful, you may find that the median provides a more accurate picture of typical turnaround times, as unusual outliers can skew the results when calculating an average.

Decision List:

The report also returns a list of the five most recent decisions that contain the selected hearing(s).

Clicking the link below the table will return a list of all decisions containing the hearing(s) in question.

Outcome Breakdown:

The outcomes section of the report displays the outcomes for the moving party for the selected hearing type . For example, the graphs above show outcome breakdowns for plaintiffs who brought summary judgements. Once again, two timeframes are displayed so that recent trend changes can be spotted. 

Clicking the links below the graphs will open Outcome Reports for the selected hearing in the respective timeframes. 

Judge/Master List:

The last element of the report shows the 10 judges/masters who have published the most decisions containing the selected hearing.

Clicking a judge/master name will open the full decision list.

Data Methodologies:

For more information on how the data available in this report was compiled, please visit the Methodology section on the Help Centre Home Page.