Covid and Caseloads

The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) recently published a new paperand dashboard detailing trends in state court case filings and dispositions during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The research, based on data from 12 states, found that the number of criminal, traffic, and juvenile cases decreased last year and is likely to return to normal over the course of 2021. However, NCSC did not expect a surge in these types of cases because there was a widespread decline in criminal incidents, traffic incidents, and arrests since the outset of the pandemic.
The number of case filings in civil cases, on the other hand, is expected to surge according to NCSC, especially for cases dealing with eviction, foreclosure, and debt-collection, due to the economic downturn brought on by the pandemic. The number of juvenile dependency and domestic relations cases is also expected to surge as more children return to school and people become more mobile and able to leave their current living situation.

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