One of the aspects many find surprising about state court systems is the level of decentralization. In many states, local limited jurisdiction courts are effectively creatures of locality and administered as such. One area this comes up is in reporting of case level data: how many cases were filed and disposed in the State of X in year Y? Tennessee in the last legislative session, for example, had to amend the existing law as to how a “case” is counted and defined for court statistical purposes to make things more uniform. It now appears Nevada may try a similar approach.
The Nevada Assembly Committee on Judiciary, on behalf of the Nevada Supreme Court, has now prefiled AB 69, a bill that revises two dozen parts of the law related to the judicial branch. One particular aspect that has a great bearing on court administration is in uniformity of case reporting and data.
From the synopsis
Existing law requires district courts, justice courts and municipal courts to submit to the Court Administrator a report of statistical information concerning the workload of those courts. (NRS 3.243, 4.175, 5.045) Existing law further requires the clerk of a district court to obtain and file certain information concerning the nature of each criminal and civil case filed with the court. (NRS 3.275)
Sections 3, 4, 8 and 10 of this bill amend these provisions to require district courts, justice courts and municipal courts to submit a report of statistical information to the Court Administrator pursuant to the uniform system for collecting and compiling statistical information concerning the State Court System which is prescribed by the Supreme Court.
AB 69 has been prefiled in the Assembly Committee on Judiciary.