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Concepts and definitions

Administrative court

A court that hears administrative judicial matters. General administrative courts include the Supreme Administrative Court and regional administrative courts.

Case processing time

Case processing time refers to the time elapsed until the case has been decided. The time is counted from the day the case was filed to the day of the decision.

Commencement of proceedings

Proceedings in a civil matter or a criminal matter commence and the case becomes pending in a general court when the application for a summons is filed with the registry of the court. In administrative judicial matters, the proceedings commence and the case becomes pending when e.g. the appeal document is filed with the registry of the administrative court.

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Decisions by administrative courts [e-publication].
Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 25.6.2024].
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