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Title: New Approaches to Reducing Court Delay and Congestion
Journal: State Court Journal  Volume:13  Issue:3  Dated:(Summer 1989)  Pages:19-23
Author(s): S C Snellenburg
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Program Description (Model)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After describing the process for generating 149 ideas to reduce court case processing time, this article presents some of the ideas for reducing court delay and congestion and addressing various components of the problem.
Abstract: Eight State court administrators, members of their administrative staffs, and trial or appellate judges from four States participated in a project to generate ideas to reduce court delay and congestion. A package of computer programs derived from 16 major databases was used to generate 315 ideas. Each participant screened the ideas based upon a systematic assessment format. A total of 149 concepts were deemed worthy of implementation. Among the ideas for reducing court delay and congestion are (1) to reach a consensus among all court actors about what constitutes court delays; (2) to conduct a study that determines who uses trial time; and (3) to establish a form that would be incorporated into all trial case records to reflect demographic, sociological, and case information about the litigant. Other ideas presented pertain to publicizing success, using volunteers, developing better data, expanding education, encouraging innovation, enhancing the use of automation, improving the role of judges, and maximizing human resources. 1 note.
Main Term(s): Court case flow management
Index Term(s): Court management; Court reform
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