What are we measuring?
The case clearance rate measures how well the court is keeping up with its incoming case load. A clearance rate of 100% represents a court that is disposing of the same number of cases it is receiving.  A clearance rate above 100% represents a court that is disposing of more cases than it is receiving.  A clearance rate below 100% represents a court that is disposing of fewer cases than it is receiving.  This measure includes only felony cases, which are handled by the Fulton County Superior Court.
Why is it important?
If cases are not disposed as quickly as cases are being filed or reopened, a backlog of cases awaiting disposition will grow. Clearance rates naturally fluctuate above and below 100 percent, but clearance rates that are consistently under 100 percent can lead to backlogs.  Once a backlog grows to a certain size, it may be difficult to eliminate without bringing in additional resources such as temporary employees. 
How are we doing?
Over the past four years, the clearance rate for felony cases has averaged just under 100%, reaching a high of 104% in 2017 and ending the period at about 97% in 2018.