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Strategic Goal By 2012, 95% of civil cases filed in Superior Court will be resolved within 18 months, and 99% within 24 months.

Trend over time:

Percent of Civil Cases Resolved

Why this is Important:

Civil cases primarily involve legal conflicts among individuals, businesses, corporations, partnerships and governmental entities. Most civil cases are the result of personal injury, property damage, medical malpractice, and contract disputes. Members of the community involved in civil court expect resolution of cases without unnecessary delay. Resolving cases in a timely and efficient manner will ensure access to justice.

How Maricopa County government influences this goal:

Many factors influence the court’s ability to dispose of cases. For civil matters, case disposition is largely in the hands of the litigants who bring or respond to these actions. The Superior Court is committed to exploring ways to make justice more affordable and more accessible to its customers. Many new court programs are dedicated to reducing delay, cutting costs, facilitating public access and providing more choices in resolving disputes without court trials.

How progress is measured:

Percent of civil cases resolved within 18 months

Where we are:

Current indicator value (FY2011): 94.8%

In FY2011, the percent of civil cases resolved within 18 months was slightly below the goal of 95.0%, but the goal is within reach in the coming fiscal year.

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