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Pierce County Superior Court Acknowledged for Exceptional Criminal Case Management 

Updated: Jul 30

Pierce County Superior Court was identified as one of the 7 most effective courts studied in the United States

Mark Twain said, “Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.” I am proud to be among the criminal case management leaders on our court. It may not sound exciting but how a court manages itself is key to carrying out its mission to achieve justice while using tax dollars wisely. Pierce County Superior Court has been making incremental changes over many years to improve management of all its cases – criminal and civil.

As Chair of the Court’s LINX/IT/Statistics Committee I received a request a couple of years ago for Pierce County Superior Court to participate in a study of criminal case processing by the National Center for State Courts (“NCSC”). After collection and analysis of a vast amount of statistics from courts from 21 states and comprising over 20% of the US population, Pierce County Superior Court was identified as one of the 7 most effective courts studied.

Because of this, in October 2019 the NCSC invited me and our Court to participate with six other courts in a Criminal Case Management Workshop. We were asked to share our experiences and accomplishments with the study team and the other participants. Attached is an article I wrote about the workshop that was recently published in Pierce County Lawyer, a publication of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association.                          


Bryan Chushcoff


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