Court Backlog Reduction Simulator

Court Backlog Reduction Simulator logoThe purpose of the Court Backlog Reduction Simulator is to help your court assess your active pending caseload, identify backlogs, brainstorm possible solutions and make policy and practice changes to improve case processing.

Drawing on the number of pending cases and past filing and disposition trends, the tool provides a forecast of pending cases to help you identify targets for change and estimate how your interventions may impact monthly case processing. Interventions are strategies designed to reduce backlog and often feature efforts to increase the number of dispositions, triage cases for early resolution or focus on resolving the oldest pending cases.  Specific interventions can include, among other things, adding a visiting judge, expanding court hours and dedicating staff to a dismissal docket for inactive cases. The project is supported by the State Justice Institute.

Use Simulator

Update with Age of Pending Caseload functionality coming soon!

Step-by-step instructions

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Backlog Reduction Workshop Series

The Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators Rapid Response Team invite you to participate in the upcoming Backlog Reduction Workshop series. This series will consist of several webinars on backlog reduction topics and strategies. The workshop is being offered with the generous support of the State Justice Institute.

Past webinars

Launch of the Court Backlog Reduction Simulator!

Imagine an online, interactive simulation tool where you can enter some basic background case management data and see a forecasted pending caseload with and without interventions. Now, you don’t have to imagine! In this NCSC webinar, learn about our just-released Court Backlog Reduction Simulator (CBRS).

Backlog 101

This virtual event provides an explanation of the backlog basics. What is backlog? How is it measured? What is the difference between backlog and clearance rates? What tools are available and being developed to help courts battle their backlogs?

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