2003–2004 District Court Case-Weighting Study
Final Report to the Subcommittee on Judicial Statistics of the Committee on Judicial Resources of the Judicial Conference of the United States
Patricia Lombard and Carol Krafka, Federal Judicial Center, 2005

Different types of cases impose different work demands on judges. Case weights are a measure of the average time consumed by cases of one type relative to other types. In 2003–2004, the Federal Judicial Center conducted a study to update existing weights for federal district courts using an event-based method. This method, which was new to the federal courts, combined information on the type and frequency of case events with information on the time judges require to complete these events. The Judicial Conference Committee on Judicial Resources and its Subcommittee on Judicial Statistics, which requested the study, approved the new set of weights in June 2004.

2003–2004 District Court Case-Weighting Study (72 pp., 4,834K)


(Please note: The report's appendices are only available on-line. They are not included in the printed publication.)

Appendix A: Original FJC Proposal for an Event-Based Case-Weighting Study: Table of Design Components
Appendix B: Early Public Relations Materials Describing the New Case-Weighting Study
Appendix C: Technical Advisory Group Meeting: Participant Information Packet
Appendix D: Standard ICMS Event and Relief Code Descriptions
Appendix E: Judge Advisory Group Meeting: Participant Information Packet
Appendix F: JS-10 Monthly Report of Trials and Other Court Activity
Appendix G: CM/ECF Starter Dictionary
Appendix H: Default Time Values Listed on Circuit Worksheets for Non-Evidentiary Hearing and Conference Events
Appendix I: Sample Letter to Chief Judges of the Circuits Requesting District Judge Designations to the Circuit Meetings
Appendix J: Circuit-Based Meetings: Participant Information Packet
Appendix K: Circuit-Based Meetings: Pre-Meeting Time Estimates
Appendix L: Circuit-Based Meetings: Slide Presentation
Appendix M: Circuit-Based Meetings: Sample Report
Appendix N: National Consensus Meeting: Participant Information Packet
Appendix O: Modifications to the Initial Case-Weighting Structure
Appendix P: National Consensus Meeting: Sample Set of Binder Materials
Appendix Q: Final Time Estimates and Adjustment Percentages Used in the Calculation of the Case Weights
Appendix R: Survey of Court Docketing Practices
Appendix S: Example of Docketing Code Lists
Appendix T: Categorizing Court Docketing Codes
Appendix U: Data-Extraction Materials
Appendix V: Data-Cleaning Process
Appendix W: Data Processing and Analysis
Appendix X: Review of Preliminary Weights Material Presented to the Judge Advisory Group
Appendix Y: Final Weights Material Presented to the Statistics Subcommittee
Appendix Z: Announcement of New Weights to the Courts