|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.
This chart reflects that more than half (53 percent) of the court’s outstanding receivables are five years old or less. The court continues its efforts to collect on the entire outstanding balance.
Measure 7: Collection of Monetary Penalties
Definition: Payments collected and distributed within established timelines, expressed as a percentage of total monetary penalties ordered.
Purpose: Integrity and public trust in the dispute resolution process depend in part on how well court orders are observed and enforced in cases of noncompliance. The focus of this measure is on the extent to which our Court takes responsibility for the enforcement of orders requiring payment of monetary penalties.