Definition - What does Caseload mean?

A caseload simply refers to the number of cases that a judge presides over, that counsel is involved in, or that a social services group handles over a certain amount of time.

High caseloads are a cause for concern, because the more cases that a judge, attorney or social worker handles, the less time they have to spend on each individual case.

Justipedia explains Caseload

Managing their caseload is a day-to-day reality for judges, attorneys and social workers. Many government agencies have statutory limits placed on their caseloads. For example, a public defender office with 10 attorneys may only be allowed to take on 2,000 cases in a year, or 200 cases a year for each attorney. These limits are effected because caseloads can become so heavy that the attorney’s quality of representation suffers.

Caseload can also be a measurement considered for where tax dollars should allocated. (Offices or courts with higher caseloads are given more money.)

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