Arizona Judicial Branch

Performance Measures

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This site is a result of the work completed by the Appellate CourTools Committee which was charged with evaluating and recommending measures by which Arizona’s appellate courts can track and improve performance. The Committee was comprised of leaders from the appellate judiciary, court clerks, attorneys and a public member. The State Justice Institute provided grant funding during the project to enable the Committee to work with consultants from the National Center for State Courts from June 2008 to March 2009. The Arizona Appellate Courts are pleased to share this information and will provide updates on an ongoing basis. The Committee identified various performance measures; and in addition to those listed below, the appellate courts also surveyed their respective employees to gauge their level of engagement and productivity.

Performance Measures/Definitions:

The following performance measurements have been implemented in the appellate courts:

  • Appellate Bench/Bar Survey: The Appellate Bench/Bar Survey is conducted biennially and is administered to all attorneys who have had a written opinion or memo decision from any of the three Arizona Appellate Courts within the prior fiscal year. The survey is also administered to attorneys within the appellate section of the State Bar and all Superior Court Judges and Commissioners. The survey largely seeks feedback in the following areas: judicial review and management of cases; the Supreme Court rule-making process; and the Supreme Court’s oversight of the administrative functions of the Arizona trial court system.
  • Case Clearance: the number of outgoing or completed cases, shown as a percentage of the number of incoming or new cases. A clearance rate is established for each case type and will indicate if the court is effectively handling the incoming caseload and if it is clearing backlogged cases.