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Title: Court Coordination of Family Cases
Author(s): H T Rubin; V E Flango
Corporate Author: National Ctr for State Courts
United States of America
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 95
Sponsoring Agency: National Ctr for State Courts
Williamsburg, VA 23185-4147
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
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State Justice Institute
Alexandria, VA 22314
Grant Number: SJI-90-06E-B-063
Publication Number: ISBN 0-89656-120-8
Sale Source: National Ctr for State Courts
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Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of families that come to court for divorce, juvenile delinquency, or child abuse and neglect matters; revealed that a significant proportion of these families had been to court for another family-related matter during the previous 5 years; and indicated the need to establish single forums for addressing family matters and to coordinate court actions in family cases.
Abstract: Data were gathered from three courts in New Jersey, Virginia, and Utah by means of interviews with court personnel, a survey of adult clients of the three courts, and an analysis of court records. In addition, 150 court locations nationwide were surveyed to determine mechanisms being used to coordinate cases. Findings supported the need for case coordination and revealed that States have addressed issues of jurisdiction, structure, procedure, and administrative support in integrating child and family legal proceedings. Further actions that seem logical for State legislatures are to enable courts to develop effective management information systems, mandate and fund specialized training for juvenile and family court judges, provide for the effective coordination of substantive services ordered by the court, and support mediation and other alternatives to adversarial processes in family cases. Tables, figures, descriptions of programs in specific States, and 28 references
Main Term(s): Court reform; Family courts
Index Term(s): Alternative dispute settlement; Court reorganization; Domestic relations; Program coordination
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