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NCJ Number: 135531 Find in a Library
Title: Elements of Case Management
Author(s): W W Schwarzer; A Hirsch
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 35
Sponsoring Agency: Federal Judicial Ctr
Washington, DC 20002
National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Although the specifics of judicial system case management mean different things to different people, there is general agreement that case management basically refers to the exercise of fairness and common sense by trial judges.
Abstract: Rule 1 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure describes the goal of the judicial system: to secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action. If judges are to achieve this goal in the face of scarce judicial resources and rising litigation costs, they must manage the litigation process. Although judges operate in an environment largely shaped by local practices and customs, innovation and adaptation to circumstances also contribute to effective case management. The manual describes techniques that judges have found effective in managing their cases at various stages of the litigation process. It begins with a discussion of the Rule 16 conference, sometimes called a preliminary pretrial, scheduling, or status conference. The manual outlines how proper use of this conference enables courts to establish control of cases at the outset and then provides separate discussions of several items on the Rule 16 agenda (settlement, discovery, and motions) that continue to play an important role in case management after the conference. The focus then turns to case management during the final pretrial conference and the trial itself. A discussion of how courts can use their human and material resources and a case management reading list are included.
Main Term(s): Caseload management
Index Term(s): Case processing; Judicial process; Pretrial procedures; Trial procedures
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