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Turn-around times and backlogs

Learn about turn-around times and backlogs of the Forensic Services Department.

Some of the units at the Forensic Services Department have backlogs for the examination of exhibits.

Turn-around times and backlogs for Forensic Units PDF164.91KB

This document is provided for the information of:

  • Magistrates and Judges,
  • Police members setting Court dates,
  • Police Prosecutions, and
  • Office of Public Prosecutions, and
  • Legal Counsel representing the defendant

Turn around time (TAT) is the time to provide a report from the receipt of the case at Forensic Services Department, (not from the date of offence or date of arrest),
The backlog is the number of cases not yet reported,
A report may be a Statement, Certificate or Forensic Report,
A Forensic Report outlines the results obtained from the examination of items, without the complex statistics that would be provided in a Statement: the intent is to assist the judicial system to reach an early resolution. 

This report is reissued every three months.

For any enquiries, contact the Forensic Services Department on (03) 9450 3444 or email at

Reviewed 08 July 2021

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