The New Jersey court system's backlog of criminal cases decreased by 13 percent during the 2009-10 fiscal year when compared to 2008-09, Judge Glenn A. Grant, acting administrative director of the state courts, announced Tuesday.
The court system's yearly report shows that overall, the backlog decreased 1 percent.
"That we have been able to reduce our backlog even as we operate with 450 fewer staff members reflects the commitment of judiciary employees to do their jobs well,'' Grant said. "We have also capitalized on the expansion of information technology and on our relationships with other agencies to deliver justice that is not only fair, but also efficient and timely."
The number of backlogged criminal cases was reduced from 7,252 on June 30, 2009 to 6,289 on June 30 of this year, the 13 percent decline. Grant has set a goal four months for resolving all cases.
The special civil part backlog also achieved reduction. The largest caseload in Superior Court, the special civil part resolves small claims and cases worth $15,000 or less.