City of Austin Performance Report 2015-16

Percent of Cases Set on a Docket within 60 Days 

Measure Description
This measure shows the Court's ability to place criminal cases on appearance or trial dockets in a timely manner. The goal is to docket cases at least three weeks from the date of “not guilty” pleas, but no more than 60 days. This initial delay of three weeks allows the defendants adequate time to prepare for their cases.
Calculation Method
This measure is calculated as the number of cases set on a docket within 60 days shown as a percentage of the total number of cases set on a docket.
FY 2015-16 Results
The FY 2015-16 the goal was established at 97%. In FY 2015-16, the actual percentage of cases set on a docket within 60 days was 97.8%.
Assessment of Results
The above chart illustrates the Court’s ability to hear cases in a timely manner. The percent of cases set on a docket within 60 days increased slightly from the previous fiscal year. The continued high percentage of cases set on a docket within 60 days is due to the modification of the master docket to allow customers more access to Court services outside of traditional business hours. The number of cases to be set on jury trial dockets, bench trial dockets or various appearance dockets varies to accommodate higher volumes of cases during dates and times found to be convenient to Court customers. By varying these dockets from time to time, the Court is able to maintain the 60-day goal. The small percentage of cases that do not get set within 60 days is generally due to officers being unavailable because of long-term illnesses (such as FMLA) or absences due to deployment. In FY 2015-16, 108,000 total cases were docketed, including walk-in cases.
Next Steps
Municipal Court will continue modifying the master docket in order to maintain efficiency. Court is also considering enhancements to a new case management system that would allow for online customer scheduling.
Contact Information
For more information contact Mary Jane Grubb, Court Clerk, at (512) 974-4692.