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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

  • 25 percent of children have been in foster care for 2+ years
    16 percent of children left foster care due to abuse Learn More
  • State trial court caseloads dropped by 16 percent nationwide from 2006 to 2015.
    To see more statistics, go to 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
  • 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
  • 51 percent of children leave foster care after being reunified
    22 percent leave foster care after being adopted 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
  • Civil caseloads declined 21 percent nationwide from 2009 to 2015.
    To see more statistics, go to 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
  • 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
  • 10 percent of Americans reported using illicit drugs
    in the past 30 days in 2015 Learn More

10 Questions with NCSC experts

Meet Sara Ward-Cassady, principal court research consultant

Sara Ward-Cassady primarily works on domestic violence issues for NCSC. Right now, she’s working on projects to help the courts understand how technology can be used to protect domestic violence victims and how to make sure victims receive proper access to language interpreters. Her interest in domestic violence started in 2001, when she worked as a lawyer in the Marathon County (Wisconsin) District Attorney’s Office, and it continued as an employee of the Wisconsin Court System, most recently as its deputy director. She spends her free time with her husband, Colin, and 9-year-old daughter Erin, and she serves on the board of the community theater where she lives just outside Madison, Wisconsin.


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