Reporting Excellence Awards, 2015

Each year the Court Statistics Project (CSP) recognizes states that have taken the time and applied the resources necessary to improve the quantity and quality of their reported caseload data. This year the CSP would like to recognize both states that have improved the number of case types and status categories reported as well as states that have sustained excellent reporting over multiple years.

Alaska – First Award

Alaska was the first state to submit caseload data through a CMS generated XML submission. This accomplishment not only represents the Administrative Office’s dedication to investing in technological advancement, but also the value placed on data quality. The reported data included 38 new case types and additional status categories resulting in a 53% increase in publishable data from 2012 to 2013.

Kansas – Third Award

Since first being recognized for the submission of their 2007 Civil and Juvenile data, Kansas has continued to report detailed case type data in all 5 categories.  Kansas also reports the newly-introduced cases with self-represented litigants and manner of disposition categories of data. This year Kansas is being recognized for 6 years of detailed and publishable data.

Maryland – First Award

Through a collaborative effort with IT staff, Maryland’s Administrative Office of the Courts conducted a review of the State Court Guide to Statistical Reporting, resulting in 17 new case types for the general jurisdiction tier and 10 case types for the limited jurisdiction tier. Maryland also established a framework to continue to improve reporting as the state moves to a statewide electronic case management system.

Nebraska – First Award

After making the investment to review and map available data to the State Court Guide to Statistical Reporting, Nebraska greatly improved its caseload reporting with the addition of 27 new case types in both the general and limited tiers.  Nebraska also now reports all status categories, case characteristics, and manners of disposition.

Texas – First Award

Texas is being recognized for sustaining years of prompt and detailed case type data submission in many of the status categories.  Additionally, Texas recently expanded the number of case types reported in the four major categories of Civil, Domestic Relations, Criminal and Juvenile, as well as increasing status category data and manners of disposition reporting.

West Virginia – First Award

In 2011, West Virginia’s Supreme Court of Appeals implemented the appellate case types recommended in the State Court Guide to Statistical Reporting. This doubled the number of case types reported, greatly increasing the Court’s ability to describe its caseload. As stated in the 2011 Annual Report of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, “use of the case types set forth in the Guide modernizes West Virginia’s appellate case reporting and brings West Virginia into parity with the growing number of states who seek to understand their appellate caseload better.”

Wyoming – First Award

Wyoming’s Supreme Court reports the appellate case types, manners of disposition, and case outcomes found in the State Court Guide to Statistical Reporting, providing data for all of the case types over which the Court has jurisdiction. The Court has reported this level of detail for many years and, this year, is being recognized for its efforts to provide complete and detailed appellate statistics over a sustained period of time.