Accurate court case data is
essential to achieving timely case resolution, efficient and effective
allocation of judicial resources, and supporting policy decisions.
Further, court digital data is now exchanged with a myriad of other government
agencies impacting driving, criminal, and voting records, and can impact the
issuance and quashing of warrants, credit reporting, prison terms length, gun
ownership, employment, officer safety, military service, and other significant
Data standards are also integral to
an objective measurement and analysis of case processing times achieved in
Arizona courts. Standards for what data is collected, and who collects
it, are integral to being able to train staff and monitor completeness.
Accordingly, on March 25, 2020, the
Steering Committee on Data-Based Court Performance and Data Standards was
established by Administrative Order
The committee is charged with identifying court data that is needed to make
data-based decisions related to case processing, court policy and management
decisions, allocation of court resources, and data exchanges with other
government entities. The committee will make recommendations regarding
what data elements need to be collected in each case type, data governance, and
other steps needed to improve data quality. Lastly, the committee will
annually review Arizona case management data to assess conformance with the
Supreme Court of Arizona’s time standards and, as desirable, recommend
adjustments to existing time standards.