Court Backlog Reduction Simulator

Court Backlog Reduction Simulator logoWhether you’re struggling to dig your court out of a backlog or looking for new efficiencies to keep your case management at bay, NCSC’s Court Backlog Reduction Simulator is on its way to help.

Once launched, the tool can assess your active pending caseload, identify backlogs, brainstorm possible solutions and make policy and practice changes to improve case processing.

With just a few key data points, the tool will provide graphs and visualizations to show anticipated case processing outcomes with and without interventions.

Ready to get started? We’ve developed some FAQs to help you prepare for our Fall 2022 launch. Be sure to check our site and social media for more information.


No, the simulator is not case-type specific.

No, all you will need are a few key data points (described below).


To provide the best results, you will need to have the following:

Required data:
  • Number of active pending cases as of the date indicated
  • Number of filings and dispositions by month for each month
  • Number of typical (i.e., pre-pandemic) number of active pending cases – if known
Optional inputs:
  • Anticipated change in filings over the next year
  • Estimated clearance rate over the next 12 months
“Nice to Haves”
  • Court time standards, if applicable
  • Number of cases disposed in the last year
  • Meaningful time periods for analysis
  • Number of cases in each time period
  • Critical stages for the targeted case type
  • Number of backlogged cases pending at each stage

No, not at all. The tool is offered as an NCSC resource and service that is supported, in part, by the State Justice Institute.

No, not at this time.

Once the simulator is launched, NCSC staff will be available to assist court users with data entry and interpretation of the results. Additional trainings and learning opportunities will be announced at a later date.

Yes, of course! There are no requirements to gain access to the simulator.