Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What types of cases will be included in the project?
A: The major felony and misdemeanor case types will be included.

Q: What kinds of courts will participate in the project?
A: Some challenges and solutions are common to all courts, while others vary by court size. The project intends to include a range of courts to accommodate this reality.

Q: What kind of data will courts be required to submit?
A: Participating courts will need to be able to electronically provide detailed case-level data to NCSC. The data request varies slightly by court structure. Click on either single-tier court system or two-tier court system for the list of data elements.

Q: Will the data contain names and personal identifiers?
A: No, the NCSC will not collect any case-level data that contains personal identifiers such as name, date of birth, address, or criminal identification number.

Q: If my court is invited to participate, what are we signing up for?
A: In Phase I, all participating courts will provide case-level data and documentation that allows NCSC to understand how that data is labeled and structured. The eight courts selected to continue to Phase II will host a site visit by project staff, which will involve interviews, observation, and additional documentation of effective practices.

Q: I think my court would be a good candidate for participating. How do I sign up?
A: Great! Contact Shannon Roth at, and we will be in touch.

Q: Are you looking only at every day case processing or are you seeking to document special expedited case processing or backlog reduction programs as well?
A: We are very interested to learn about special programs that courts have developed as part of their overall case management strategy. Please contact Shannon Roth at, and we will be in touch.