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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.

Clearance Rates | Clearance Rates by Case Type

Why It Matters

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.