Performance Measurement in the State Courts

Renewed efforts to measure court performance in state courts are examined in historical context, taking into account the variation in organizational structure of state courts. Current performance measurement efforts at the state and local level are discussed, based on the CourTools performance measures designed by the National Center for State Courts.

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About the Author
Richard Schauffler, director of Research Services, joined the National Center for State Courts in October 2003. At the center, he directs the Court Statistics Project, which collects and analyzes state court data to develop a national perspective on the work of the state courts. He also works on the CourTools team to assist states and courts with implementation of performance measures.