Kansas District Court Judicial and Clerk Staff Weighted Caseload Study – Report to the Supreme Court of Kansas

Source: Suzanne Tallarico, National Center for State Courts, October 31, 2011

In December 2010, the Kansas Supreme Court, recognizing the need to continually assess the efficiency and effectiveness of Judicial Branch operations, initiated what has become known as the Pegasus Project. Understanding that any comprehensive review of the Judicial Branch would require an accurate assessment of the staffing needs of the courts, the Supreme Court contracted with the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) to conduct a “weighted caseload study” (WCLS). This type of study has been recommended since at least 1944 in previous studies of court operations in Kansas.

Case filing data is not an accurate measure of the workload of the courts. Case weights recognize that different types of cases take different amounts of time to process effectively. The WCLS utilized by the NCSC is the recognized model for calculation of judicial officer and court clerk workload. A WCLS provides accurate information from which staffing needs may be considered.

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