NCSC is excited to announce that State Court Organization has been redesigned!

State Court Organization (SCO) is a component of the Court Statistics Project, a joint project with COSCA/NCSC.  SCO presents detailed comparative information about how state trial and appellate courts are organized and administered.  It is the only source for authoritative answers to fundamental questions about the operations of each state’s court system.

Redesign of SCO

SCO dates to the founding of the NCSC nearly fifty years ago and has long been used as a framework for analyses comparing state court statistics. As the NCSC approaches our 50-year anniversary, the COSCA Court Statistics Committee reviewed the purpose, content, and future of SCO. The new design and platform of the state court structure charts will advance the user experience and comparability across states through filters, selections, and portals to contextual information (e.g., caseloads, population).

The redesign considered:

  • Historical reasons for including information
  • Emerging needs
  • Demand for information by requestors
  • Alternative and reliable sources of data
  • Political reasons for inclusion of data elements
  • Burden on court’s administrative offices for collecting information
What’s new in SCO?
  • Retained SCO Core Tables: Judicial Branch Governance, Trial Courts, and Appellate Courts
  • Streamlined data collection process
  • Trimmed down information requested
What is the timeline?

Data collection was completed in July 2021. We will complete enhanced visualization and interactive dashboards using Tableau by the end of the year. As it becomes available, additional data will be included through regular updates

We are excited to share our new Tableau dashboard of the Trial Courts! Here you will find comparative information on the total numbers of courts and judges, geographic jurisdictions, sources of authority, demographics, funding, responsibilities for presiding judges, clerks and administrators, methods of selection, and more.

Questions about data collection?

If you have any questions regarding SCO or need assistance in completing our 2021 request for data, please contact us or refer to these resources :

State Court Organization Data

Detailed and comparative data about how state trial and appellate courts are organized and administered.