|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 5: Trial Date Certainty
Definition: The number of times cases disposed of by trial are scheduled for trial.
Purpose: Our Court’s ability to hold trials on the first day they are scheduled to be heard is closely associated with timely case disposition. This measure provides a tool to evaluate the effectiveness of calendaring and continuance practices. For the litigants, attorneys, witnesses and jurors who may be involved, scheduled trials that go forward on a predictable basis avoid the unnecessary expense, disruption, inconvenience, and stress associated with adjournments and delay.