Clearance Rates

Definition:  The number of outgoing cases as a percentage of the number of incoming cases.
Purpose: Clearance rate measures  whether the court is keeping up with its incoming caseload.  If cases are not disposed in a timely manner, a backlog of cases awaiting disposition will grow.  This measure is a single number that can be compared within the court for any and all case types, from month to month and year to year, or between one court or another.  Knowledge of clearance rates by case type can help pinpoint emerging problems and indicate where improvements may be made.  Courts should aspire to clear (i.e., dispose of) at least as many cases as have been filed/reopened/reactivated in a period by having a clearance rate of 100% or higher.
Types of Cases in this Data:  This data includes all Criminal Complex, Criminal Non-Complex, Civil, Family, and Business cases.
The definitions and purpose noted above are taken from the National Center for State Courts Model Time Standards for State Trail Courts Report.

Description of the Tiles Below:  The visualizations show the average age by case type for Criminal, Civil and Family cases.