Effective Criminal Case Management Project (ECCM)

Project Overview

The purpose of this three-year project is to discover, document, and disseminate guidance on the most effective practices for misdemeanor and felony caseflow management in the state courts. Using a broad sample of trial courts, the project will document evidence-based solutions appropriate for a wide range of courts, allowing courts to select tools most relevant to them. The project will result in a number of resources for judges and court managers:

  • meaningful performance measures for criminal courts,
  • management report templates designed to turn data into knowledge,
  • comparable information on current case processing outcomes,
  • effective caseflow management practices,
  • collaboration guides for justice system partners.

Making a range of evidence-based practices available in a form easily used by court managers and judges will accelerate improvement in managing criminal cases, reducing delay and cost, and thus improving the quality of justice.

*The ECCM Project Description lists all the benefits of participating in the Effective Criminal Case Management Project.

Data Requirements

Participating courts will submit case-level data on felony and misdemeanor cases, including data elements like case type, charges, date of filing, representation status, disposition type, and more. Select the appropriate document (single- versus two-tier) below for more information.

*ECCM Data Request: This is a detailed list of data elements that will be collected from each court.

Single-Tier Court Systems

Two-Tier Court Systems - General Jurisdiction

Two-Tier Court Systems - Limited Jurisdiction


Phase I (September 2015 to June 2017)

  • Project staff will work directly with 50 state trial courts to collect the most broadly based case-level data ever assembled on case processing of felony and misdemeanor cases.

Phase II (July 2017 to September 2018)

  • Eight courts that have demonstrated the ability to achieve timely criminal case processing will be selected to document the specific best practices that underlie their success.


For more information, consult the Frequently Asked Questions or contact Shannon Roth at sroth@ncsc.org.