Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $414,962)
The Court Statistics Project (CSP) provides a systematic means to develop a valid, uniform, and complete statistical database that details the operation of state court systems nationwide. The CSP collects and aggregates data from courts of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The CSP provides information on the number and types of civil, criminal, domestic relations, juvenile, traffic, and appellate caseloads filed and disposed in state trial and appellate courts on a yearly basis. Ten year caseloads trends for these case types are also provided. The CSP provides state by state comparisons of trial and appellate caseload data and aggregates these data in order to provide a national overview of state court caseload statistics.
The CSP produces several publications for the purpose of disseminating trial and appellate caseload data. The first series, Examining the Work of State Courts, contains a highly focused and visual display of state court data. The second series, State Court Caseload Statistics, is a basic reference that contains detailed information and descriptions of state court systems. The CSP also produces Caseload Highlights which is a series of publications providing comparative information on a range of policy-relevant topics using a condensed format.