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NCJ Number: 182533 Find in a Library
Title: Time on Appeal
Author(s): Roger A. Hanson
Corporate Author: National Ctr for State Courts
United States of America
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 117
Sponsoring Agency: National Ctr for State Courts
Williamsburg, VA 23185-4147
State Justice Institute
Alexandria, VA 22314
Grant Number: SJI-95-08D-B-023
Publication Number: ISBN 0-89656-168-2
Sale Source: National Ctr for State Courts
300 Newport Avenue
Williamsburg, VA 23185-4147
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study uses empirical data to examine why some appeals are resolved more expeditiously than others.
Abstract: This report's conclusions are based primarily on data obtained from 35 intermediate appellate courts and 23 courts of last resort. The study found that the ratio of work to resources explained more of the variation in court processing time among State intermediate appellate courts than any other characteristics under study. Based on a related study by the National Center for State Courts, timely performance is affected not only by the number of appeals filed relative to the court's resources, but also by the composition of caseload. Variation in the case processing time among courts of last resort is difficult to explain. One reason may be that the caseloads of some courts of last resort are closer to intermediate appellate courts than they are to other courts of last resort. The failure to explain the variation in the processing time of courts of last resort that have an intermediate appellate court below them and that have primarily discretionary jurisdiction may be because the available measures of court characteristics are too blunt to capture the dynamics of the detailed, individual attention given to appeals by these courts. The study draws implications of the findings for the management of appeals courts. 34 tables and 44 references
Main Term(s): Court case flow management
Index Term(s): Appellate courts; Caseload management; Comparative analysis; Court case flow; Court case flow management; Intermediate appellate courts; State courts
Note: NCSC Publication No. R-187
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