one in four called off

Cancelled district court hearings cost millions

Nearly one in four district court hearings is cancelled, mainly due to one of the parties not showing up in court, the newspaper Metro reports.

Statistics from the National Courts Administration show that last year, nearly 19,000 lower court hearings were cancelled, which is a quarter of all scheduled hearings. In Stockholm it is even worse, where almost one in three are cancelled.

According to a report from the National Audit Office, cancelling a court hearing the same day costs on average 1,600 US dollars. This means that, last year, nearly 30 million US dollars of tax payers money were paid towards court hearings that never took place.