|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 8: Effective Use of Jurors
Definition: Juror utilization is the rate at which prospective jurors are used at least once in a trial or voir dire.
Purpose: Effective Use of Jurors provides information on jury management practices so as to minimize the number of unused jurors who are selected for a trial. More specifically this measure addresses the problem of non-use of jurors due to settlements and pleas and the problem of calling in more jurors than are needed for the selections of a jury(s).