Reporting Excellence Awards, 2016

Each year the Court Statistics Project (CSP) recognizes states that have applied the leadership and resources necessary to improve the quantity and quality of their reported caseload data. 


With the implementation of the MassCourts case management system, Massachusetts prepared the groundwork for improved reporting. As a result of renewed focus on statistical reporting, Massachusetts was able to reported 71 additional publishable case types in 2014. This improvement raised their publishable percentage from 9% to 81%, the biggest single year leap for trial court data ever seen by CSP. Massachusetts is now able to report publishable data for every criminal case type, while in the past they were limited to reporting the total number of criminal cases without any breakdown of the case types.


Arkansas has made a concerted effort to improve their data in the last few years, including the development of the Arkansas State Court Guide to Statistical Reporting. As a result, Arkansas has increased their percentage of publishable case types from 27% in 2013 to 55% in 2014. Arkansas is also now able to report publishable criminal disposition data, allowing for the comparison of the number of jury trials, bench trials, and non-trial dispositions. 

New Hampshire Supreme Court 

With the implementation of a new appellate case management system, and as a result of the work of the Clerk of the with the vendor to implement the CSP Guide appellate reporting in the system, the Supreme Court now reports 100% publishable incoming data. Previously, the court was able to report only a total caseload number without any distinctions among case types.


The Utah Supreme Court increased the percentage of submitted publishable incoming case types from 16% in 2013 to 100% in 2014, and the Court of Appeals has seen an increase from 9% in 2013 to 100% in 2014.

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Trial Court: Alaska, Kansas, Maryland, Nebraska & Texas
Appellate: West Virginia & Wyoming



Trial Court: Georgia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina & Washington state



Trial Court: Nevada & New Hampshire
Appellate: Missouri



Trial Court: Alabama, California & Puerto Rico



Trial Court: Arizona & Minnesota
Appellate: Tennessee



Trial Court: Hawai'i, Kansas, New York & Utah
Appellate: Florida