Circuit Court CourTools*
Access & Fairness
Clearance Rates
Time to Disposition
Age of Active Pending Cases
Trial Date Certainty
Reliability & Integrity of Case Files
Collection of Monetary Penalties
Effective Use of Jurors
Court Employee Satisfaction
Cost Per Case


CourTools is a set of ten trial court performance measures developed by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) to provide the court with a comprehensive understanding of court operations. Kent County Circuit Court has adopted these measures to examine the Court's performance.

Age of Pending Caseload - Child Protective Cases

Child Protection Cases | Delinquency | Divorce with Minor Children | Divorce without Minor Children | Civil | Criminal

Why It Matters

Measure 4:  Age of Active Pending Caseload

Definition:  The age of the active cases pending before the Court, measured as the number of days from filing until the time of measurement.

Purpose:  Having a complete and accurate inventory of active pending cases and tracking their progress is important because this pool of cases potentially requires Court action.  Examining the age of pending cases makes clear, for example, the cases drawing near or about to surpass the Court’s time guidelines.  This information helps focus attention on what is required to resolve cases within reasonable timeframes.