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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

  • 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
  • Traffic cases accounted for about 54 percent of all cases in all courts in 2015
    To see more statistics, go to Learn More
  • Terms for grand juries range from 10 days in North Dakota
    to 2 years in South Carolina and Tennessee 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
  • Only 2 states leave it up to state lawmakers to elect all judges Virginia and South Carolina
    To see more statistics, go to 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
  • 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
  • 10 percent of Americans reported using illicit drugs
    in the past 30 days in 2015 Learn More
  • In Delaware, there were 15,557 criminal misdemeanor cases per 100,000 people in 2015
    In Kansas, there were 891 Learn More

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Meet Margaret Allen, Director of National Programs

Margaret Allen works as director of National Programs at the National Center’s Institute for Court Management (ICM). Like a lot of people at NCSC, Margaret’s journey here is the result of what she calls “a long and winding road.” After she graduated from college, she worked at Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and then as a corporate concierge for Fidelity Investments in Boston. Which led to a decision to return to Columbus, her hometown. Which led to a temporary job at the Ohio Supreme Court. Which led to a full-time job there under John Meeks, who is now NCSC vice president of ICM.


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