Monday numbers: How much the NC judicial system spends in a year and what it buys

By: - May 11, 2020 6:00 am

Every year, the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts releases an annual report detailing its budget, programs and highlights from the previous year. The 2018-19 annual report was released this week. Below are some of the featured numbers:

$553.2 million – Total judicial branch budget for FY 18-19

91.8% – Amount that goes toward salaries and benefits, including  28.8% to election judicial officials, magistrates and appointed officials

8.2% – Amount for judicial branch operations, with 87% of that to local court operations

<1% – Amount  collected by the courts in fines, fees, forfeitures, restitution and civil judgements  that stays with the court system

140 – Number of appeals the North Carolina Supreme Court docketed

92 – Appeals the Supreme Court disposed of

7 – Number of Supreme Court justices

2,062 – Appeals/petitions filed in the North Carolina Court of Appeals

2,133 – Appeals/petitions disposed of by the Court of Appeals

15 – Number of Court of Appeals judges

248,126 – Total cases filed in Superior Courts across the state

290,806 – Cases disposed of by Superior Courts

107 — Number of Superior Court judges

2,253,949 – Total cases filed in District Courts across the state

3,474,315 –Cases disposed by District Courts

273 – Number of District Court judges

672 – Of magistrates in North Carolina

5,551 — District Court cases settled in mediation

10,025 — Child custody cases mediated

43 – Number of district attorneys in FY 18-19

17 – Of public defenders

545 – Number of elected officials in the judicial system in FY 18-19

6,421 – Public servants in the judicial system

1 in 4 – County residents that visit a judicial clerk’s office annually

71% – Percentage of families that experience at least one civil legal problem in a given year

8,000 to 1 – Ratio of North Carolinians eligible for civil legal services to legal aid attorneys

2,500 – Cases reviewed by the Innocence Inquiry Commission

*The full report containing this information can be viewed online.

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