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Decisions by administrative courts

Producer: Statistics Finland
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Main topic: Justice
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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Yes
European Statistical System (ESS): No


The statistics describing the activities of administrative courts contain data on court decisions by type of case and on the times taken by the decisions. Administrative courts (former provincial courts) handle and solve complaints relating to administrative law lodged against decisions of authorities, administrative disputes, and other matters coming under their jurisdiction. Most of the cases solved by administrative courts concern taxation, and social and health care. The next largest category of cases they handle relate to matters concerning aliens and economic activity, transport and communications.

Each administrative court deals with administrative judicial matters in the area of one or several regions. Court proceedings of certain types of matters are centralised to only one administrative court. For example, matters concerning value added tax and asylum are dealt with in the Administrative Court of Helsinki and matters under the Water Rights Act and the Environmental Protection Act in the Administrative Court of Vaasa.

Data content

Cases concluded by administrative courts, types of decision and times taken to reach decision by type of case and administrative court.

Classifications used

Nomenclature of administrative cases,

Administrative courts

Data collection methods and data sources

Case diary of Administrative Courts supplied by the Information Management Centre of Judicial Administration.

Updating frequency


Time of completion or release

Final data are ready in the autumn of the year following the statistical reference year.

Time series

Corresponding statistics (up to 1999 on provincial courts) have been published in the Yearbook of Justice Statistics in the years 1991 to 2008 and prior to it in the publication Administration of Justice.


administrative courts, administrative jurisdiction, courts, courts of justice

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Last updated 05.05.2015