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Judicial Weighted Caseload Studies

At the request of the General Assembly, this study compiles and analyzes the filings, workload, and estimates full time equivalents judges (FTEs) needed for each judicial district and the state as a whole. Studies dating back to 2001 are available upon request.

FY 2017-18, Released April 2019
Legislative Brief
Judicial Map 2018
The state has an estimated net deficit of 6.51 full-time equivalent (FTE) judges based on FY 2018 filings data. At the district level, judicial districts 19, 22, and 23 showed the highest demand for judicial resources in FY 2018, with respective estimated net deficits of 1.23, 1.23, and 1.52 FTE judges.
As part of the FY 2018 update, a map that illustrates the estimated judicial need in each of Tennessee’s 31 judicial districts and for the state as a whole was generated.

The FY 2018 update includes revised figures for Shelby County for FY 2017, as criminal case data for FY 2017 was unavailable last year and a three-year growth average was used in lieu of actual data. In late 2018, OREA received Shelby County’s FY 2017 criminal case data and then recalculated judicial need for the county for FY 2017. Based on actual criminal case data, Shelby County shows a surplus of 1.54 FTE judges for FY 2017 as opposed to a deficit of 1.97.
The FY 2018 update also includes an analysis of how the passage of Public Chapter 1021 of 2018, which allows most appeals under the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act to be filed and heard outside of Davidson County, may affect case weights for Administrative Hearing case types.

FY 2016-17, Released February 2018
Several changes were made to this year’s update, including the inclusion of workers’ compensation cases back into the caseload estimation.

Judicial Map 2017
Legislative brief

FY 2015-16, Released April 2017
Legislative brief

FY 2014-15, Released February 2016
Legislative brief

FY 2013-14, Released January 2015
Legislative brief

October 2013:

As directed by the General Assembly, in 2013, the Comptroller’s Office contracted with the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) to conduct a new time study by the state trial judges to update the 2007 weighted caseload study. This report reflects the estimated judicial resources needed to resolve cases coming before the courts in FY 2012-13. According to NCSC, the weighted caseload model presented in this report should be a starting point for determining judicial need; other qualitative factors should also be taken into account when determining judicial staffing needs.

Full report