Special report

The cost of delayed justice

A meta-analytic-driven study into the problems and solutions surrounding court backlogs

The ability to reduce delays depends on making the right choices and those choices must be informed by information. This report is our effort to inform the way forward. It constitutes a meta-analysis of data — from individual courts, jurisdictions, and umbrella organizations such as the NCSC — and contains new data from Thomson Reuters clients and partners.

Dollar figures that calculate the cost of delayed justice, however, only tell part of the story. In compiling the report, we also spoke to judges, court administrators, and prosecutors from across the nation’s judicial branch to understand some of the qualitative, human costs of delayed justice.

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