Superior Court Statistical Reporting Manual
Case processing time standards are published in the Washington Rules of Court. The time standards identify three major milestones in the life of a case: filing, resolution, and completion. Case "resolution" occurs when the case is "tried, settled, or otherwise concluded;" that is, resolution is defined as the adjudication or settlement of all issues in a case (e.g., plea, trial verdict, oral order).
Case "completion" occurs when all necessary dispositive documents have been filed with the clerk.
A case must be resolved before it can be completed. In certain situations, resolution and completion can occur simultaneously (e.g., jury verdict of acquittal, order of dismissal). The case resolution date must be on the same day or prior to the case completion date entered on the SCOMIS basic screen.
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A completed case is categorized by the original offense filing category under which it was initially classified.
Cases reopened are discussed on page 1-6.
CASE COMPLETION CATEGORIES - Criminal case completions are categorized into three statistical reporting categories, and are recorded on the SCOMIS basic screen. Documenting case completion entails recording the type of case completion and the date it occurred. Following are the definitions and codes for case completion categories.
Case completion due to the filing of final dispositive documents by parties or their representatives (e.g., judgment and sentence, order dismissing charges, order of dismissal not on motion of clerk).
Case completion for uncontested matters that are not dismissed (e.g., waiver of extradition, a non-charge case for which no information is subsequently filed, a case which has been consolidated into another case for the same defendant).
Case completion due to the filing of an order of dismissal/closure on clerk's motion. (Do not use for order of dismissal on motion of a party other than the clerk.)
*Statistical Completion (STCL) - The statistical completion code should only be used in two instances. (1) It can be used for a previously resolved and completed pre-SCOMIS case that is added to the system to file a document or record a proceeding held. "STCL" resolutions and completions are not counted in the caseload statistics. As an alternative to the "STCL" completion code, the appropriate resolution and completion codes can be used so that the legal record more accurately reflects the case outcome (see Historical Resolution and Completion Codes in Appendix E). If this method is used, it is important to enter the correct resolution and completion dates so that these events are not (re)counted in the caseload statistics and do not distort pending caseload reports. (2) “STCL” can also be used in cases involving vacated convictions pursuant to RCW 9.94A.230. See the section on “Vacation of Conviction.”
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