HELENA – - According to Beth McLaughlin, Chief Justice Mike McGrath today the Supreme Court’s fifth court users’ survey. Results of the survey, part of the Court’s on-going performance measurement system, demonstrate significant respect for the Court. The biennial survey asks appellate lawyers, District Court judges and University of Montana School of Law faculty to rate their satisfaction with the Court in ten areas.
“Overall 88% of the court users responding to the survey have a positive perception of the Supreme Court,” said McGrath. “We have a very effective Court and even attorneys who may not prevail in an individual case respect the work of the Court.”
The Court’s survey is one of the performance measures, which 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,” said McGrath.
The survey and other performance measures are based on the National Center for State Courts’ Court Tools 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.