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NCSC by the numbers

The data visualization to the right provides insight into the type of domestic work conducted by NCSC (international work is not included; see that here.) This figure presents aggregate data of consulting and research projects conducted in the recent past and  known engagements for the near future: roughly 2016-2020.

By hovering over the letters, you can get a better feel for the type of work we do, where we do it, and who supports it. It is based on internal project management records and does not include every project, but does provide great insight into the diversity and complexity of NCSC’s work improving the administration of justice in the state courts.

Our growing library of data visualizations brings important findings to a wider audience.

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NCSC Data Cards

  • Civil caseloads declined 21 percent nationwide from 2009 to 2015.
    To see more statistics, go to courtstatistics.org Learn More
  • Arkansas and Massachusetts pay their trial jurors the most ($50) per day Illinois pays the least ($4)
    At least 21 states raise jurors’ pay at some point after the first day, but not Illinois Learn More
  • State trial court caseloads dropped by 16 percent nationwide from 2006 to 2015.
    To see more statistics, go to courtstatistics.org Learn More
  • California Supreme Court justices earn the most $244,179 per year (as of Jan. 1, 2018)
    New Mexico justices earn the least $131,174 Learn More
  • 28 states have no maximum-age requirement for trial court judges
    Vermont allows its trial court judges to work until they’re 90 Learn More
  • Four states allow governors to appoint judges without input from nominating commissions or other sources.
    They are California, Maine, Massachusetts and New Jersey Learn More
  • Terms for grand juries range from 10 days in North Dakota
    to 2 years in South Carolina and Tennessee Learn More
  • 10 percent of Americans reported using illicit drugs
    in the past 30 days in 2015 Learn More
  • New Mexico appellate judges are paid the least $124,616 per year (as of Jan. 1, 2018)
    California appellate judges are paid the most $228,918 per year Learn More
  • As many as 38 people serve on grand juries in Pennsylvania
    Connecticut grand juries include 1 person Vermont doesn’t have them Learn More

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Meet Michelle White, Lead Staffer on the National Judicial Opioid Task Force

Michelle White, the National Center’s lead staffer on the National Judicial Opioid Task Force, once worked as a probation and parole officer in Virginia. There was a warrant for a person she couldn’t find, so she spotted Neal White, a police officer, in a courthouse and asked for his help. “It didn’t hurt that he was cute,” she said of the officer, who said he would be glad to help. They started dating not long afterward and ended up getting married. All these years later, she jokes that her husband still hasn’t located the guy she needed to find. Michelle, who has an 8-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter now, works in Winchester, Va., where she has lived most of her life.

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