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.
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.
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.