|Age of Active Pending Cases is useful to identify areas in which backlog may exist and given past performance, what can be expected in the future. It is the average age of active cases pending before the court at the time of measurement. This measure includes only active cases, or those in which the court case can proceed. Cases in which the court cannot proceed are considered inactive. A case becomes inactive, for example, when a warrant is issued for a criminal defendant to appear in court.