Effective Criminal Case Management Project (ECCM)

Project Overview

The purpose of this three-year project is to discover, document, and disseminate guidance on the most effective practices for misdemeanor and felony caseflow management in the state courts. Using a broad sample of trial courts, the project will document evidence-based solutions appropriate for a wide range of courts, allowing courts to select tools most relevant to them. The project will result in a number of resources for judges and court managers:

  • meaningful performance measures for criminal courts,
  • management report templates designed to turn data into knowledge,
  • comparable information on current case processing outcomes,
  • effective caseflow management practices,
  • collaboration guides for justice system partners.

Making a range of evidence-based practices available in a form easily used by court managers and judges will accelerate improvement in managing criminal cases, reducing delay and cost, and thus improving the quality of justice.

*The ECCM Project Description lists all the benefits of participating in the Effective Criminal Case Management Project.

Data Requirements

Participating courts will submit case-level data on felony and misdemeanor cases, including data elements like case type, charges, date of filing, representation status, disposition type, and more. Select the appropriate document (single- versus two-tier) below for more information.

*ECCM Data Summary: This one-page document describes the type of data that the project is collecting.

Single-Tier Court Systems

Two-Tier Court Systems

*ECCM Data Request: This is a detailed list of data elements that will be collected from each court.

Single-Tier Court Systems

Two-Tier Court Systems


Phase I (September 2015 to March 2017)

  • Project staff will work directly with 50 state trial courts to collect the most broadly based case-level data ever assembled on case processing of felony and misdemeanor cases.

Phase II (April 2017 to September 2018)

  • Eight courts that have demonstrated the ability to achieve timely criminal case processing will be selected to document the specific best practices that underlie their success.


If you are interested in participating, please review the Sample Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for further details regarding the commitment that we will need from your court.

*Sample ECCM MOA

For more information, consult the Frequently Asked Questions or contact Shannon Roth at sroth@ncsc.org.