|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 2: Clearance Rates
Definition: The number of outgoing cases as a percentage of the number of incoming cases.
Purpose: Clearance rate measures whether our 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, on a monthly or yearly basis. Knowledge of clearance rates by case type can help our Court pinpoint emerging problems and indicates where improvements can be made. Courts should strive to maintain a clearance rate of 100% by disposing of as many cases as have been filed and reopened in a given period.