Court Statistics

The Court Statistics Project (CSP) has been a core activity of the National Center for State Courts’ Research Division since its inception in 1975.  With support and guidance from the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), the National Association for Court Management (NACM), and the National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks (NCACC), in addition to a staff with over 40 years of combined experience, the CSP provides unparalleled service to the state courts through its publications, data-driven resources, and technical assistance.

Publications:

Examining the Work of State Courts  This annual publication provides an overview of state trial and appellate court caseloads along with a detailed look at specific case types. Data is provided by the offices of the state court administrator and the offices of the appellate court clerks.

State Court Caseload Statistics  The information and tables found here are intended to serve as a detailed reference on the work of the nation's state trial and appellate courts.  State Court Caseload Statistics is published exclusively online.

Caseload Highlights  This series provides short, topical reports on specific and timely issues, such as medical malpractice litigation, data quality and court performance issues.

Notes from the Field  This sub-series of Caseload Highlights encourages state court practitioners to publish their effective practices in data quality management, improvement, implementation of statewide case management and data warehouse systems.

Resources:

State Court Organization  This website serves as an interactive, user-driven reference guide that allows sorting and filtering of comparative data. Users can choose which states, courts, and data elements to view; sort results according to specified criteria; and export or print findings for later use.

The State Court Guide to Statistical Reporting  The Guide is a standardized reporting framework for state court caseload statistics designed to promote intelligent comparisons among state courts.

Court Structure Charts  The court structure charts summarize in one-page diagrams the key features of each state’s court organization, employing the common terminology developed by the National Center for State Courts’ Court Statistics Project (CSP) for reporting caseload statistics.