|Circuit Court CourTools*||Access & Fairness|
|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.
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.