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Montana Supreme Court releases court users survey

Friday, September 30, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Menden
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Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath today released the Supreme Court’s fifth court users’ survey.

Chief Justice McGrath said the results of the survey, part of the court’s ongoing performance measurement system, demonstrate significant respect for the court. The biennial survey asks appellate lawyers, District Court judges and University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law faculty to rate their satisfaction with the court in 10 areas.

“Overall 88 percent of the court users responding to the survey have a positive perception of the Supreme Court,” McGrath said. “We have a very effective court and even attorneys who may not prevail in an individual case respect the work of the court.”

The survey is among performance measures that have been in place since 2008. The court also conducts quarterly and yearly case-processing reports. The emphasis on performance measures has resulted in the Court making changes to significantly reduce case processing time and provide more information to the public about the court.

“I’m extremely pleased that in an increasingly polarized political environment, the court is doing extraordinarily well. We are well-respected by court users, and we issue timely decisions,” McGrath said.

The survey and other performance measures are based on the National Center for State Courts’ CourTools project, which is a set of effective performance measurements for courts. Montana is one of only a handful of states conducting a user survey as part of its project.

The court users and employee survey results, along with the case processing reports, are available through the following link: Supreme Court User Survey