Survey shows 90% of users satisfied with Montana Supreme Court
Friday, October 12, 2018
Posted by: Joe Menden
A new survey shows that 90 percent of Montana Supreme Court users have a positive perception of the court.
The court's sixth biennial Bench and Bar Survey asked appellate lawyers, district court judges and University of Montana School of Law faculty to rate their satisfaction with the court in ten areas.
This year’s results were a 2 percent improvement over the 88 percent overall satisfaction in 2016, and an 18 percent improvement from the survey’s first administration in 2008. It was the first time that the survey showed an overall positive perception of 90 percent.
“I’m extremely pleased that in an increasingly polarized political environment, the court is doing extraordinarily well,” McGrath said. “We are well thought of by court users, and we issue timely decisions.”
The survey is one of several performance measures in place since 2008. The court also conducts quarterly and yearly case-processing reports. The emphasis on performance measures has resulted in changes to significantly reduce case processing time and provide more information to the public about the Court.
The court’s timeliness in issuing opinions is by far the biggest area of improvement since 2008. This year, 94 percent of those responding
This year’s survey was sent to 1,027 individuals, with 393 responding, or 38 percent.
The survey and other performance measures are based on the National Center for State Courts’ CourTools project.
Surveys from past years are available at the court website.