In 2001, as recommended by the State Judicial Council, Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake, Jr., adopted a trial court performance standards system developed by the National Center for State Courts. This system is designed to help trial courts identify and set guidelines for their operations, measure their performance, and make improvements to better meet the needs and expectations of the public.
In 2003 the State Judicial Council endorsed the development of five specific trial court case processing measures. Since then the AOC has developed, tested and implemented a web-based system that provides court officials with up-to-date data for three of those measures:
- case clearance (cases disposed as a percentage of cases filed)
- on-time processing (% disposed within time guidelines, based on those adopted by the Supreme Court in 1996);
- aging case index (backlog) (cases older than times in the guidelines).
The CPMS gathers current data (within one month) from the AOC's civil and criminal automated systems and organizes this data allowing you to search and query the information, for various case types, and any county or district. The CPMS includes both the three percentage-based measures above, plus extensive statistical data, such as the disposition rate for Superior Court criminal or civil cases in a certain county in the past 12 months, or the backlog of all District Courts within the state. The link to the CPMS is on the left sidebar.
The CPMS "help" pages provide more detailed information about future plans to enhance the CPMS with expanded case types, and additional performance measures and statistics, eventually displacing printing and distribution of paper management reports. The anticipated next two performance measures (subject to enhancements to automated systems) are the number of times a case is put on a court calendar before being disposed, and a measure that will be designed to assess collection of restitution. The CPMS is also an important factor in planning and development of court technology and information systems.
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For more information about performance standards systems in general and nationwide, visit the National Center for State Courts