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Title: Court Performance Measures in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases: Guide to Judicial Workload Assessment
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Mark Hardin J.D. ; Ying-Ying Yuan Ph.D. ; Judith Larsen J.D. ; Sophia I. Gatowski Ph.D. ; Dawn Marie Rubio J.D.
Corporate Author: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
United States of America

National Ctr for State Courts
United States of America

American Bar Assoc
Ctr on Children and the Law
United States of America
Date Published: 12/2008
Page Count: 72
  Annotation: This volume of the toolkit presents a method for obtaining data on judicial workloads in abuse and neglect cases which includes an assessment of what is required for best practice in these cases, discusses different approaches to workload analysis, and provides tools for conducting analyses.
Abstract: The assessment guide begins with an introduction that examines (1) how new legal duties have increased the responsibilities of judges in dependency cases, (2) why it is important for workload analysis in child abuse and neglect cases to consider the amount of time it takes judges to comply with legal requirements and practice standards, (3) what the sources of law and practice standards in child abuse and neglect proceedings are, and (4) what the goals are that shape the preparation of these workload analysis tools. The next two chapters discuss two main tools used in workload analysis: time log data collection and observation of courtrooms. A fourth chapter discusses the use of Delphi process to build consensus among dependency court judges as to the optimal length of time needed for both in-court and out-of-court activities. A concluding chapter suggests implementation strategies to adapt these tools to specific situations. This volume is one of five in a toolkit, supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), designed and tested to provide practical and comprehensive guidance to the critical task of measuring court performance in child abuse and neglect cases. Appendixes A-E and observations
Main Term(s): Child abuse and neglect hearings
Index Term(s): Court reorganization ; Judges ; Testing and measurement ; Program evaluation ; Evaluation techniques ; Evaluation criteria ; Court reform ; Evaluation utilization ; Judicial performance evaluation ; OJJDP grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Admin for Children, Youth, and Families
United States of America

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Grant Number: 2003-JS-FX-K008;90XW0008
Sale Source: Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Policy/Procedure Handbook/Manual
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: Downloaded on March 4, 2009. See NCJ-223567-69 for additional volumes in the toolkit.
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