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NCJ Number: 49974 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: SJIS - STATE JUDICIAL INFORMATION SYSTEM - FINAL REPORT (PHASE 3), VOLUME 2 - TOPICS IN DATA UTILIZATION
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: SEARCH Group Inc.
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 80
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
SEARCH Group Inc.
Sacramento, CA 95831
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 76SS-99-6049
Publication Number: TECHNICAL REPORT NO 21
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: RESEARCH INTO DATA USE BY TRIAL COURTS IS DOCUMENTED, AND A STATISTIC FOR DATA VALIDATION IS PRESENTED AS WELL AS TECHNIQUES FOR VALIDATING DATA, ANALYZING DELAY, MONITORING WORKLOADS, AND PRESENTING DATA.
Abstract: A STUDY OF STATE COURT SYSTEMS DATA USE INDICATES THAT DATA REPORTED TO STATE COURT ADMINISTRATIONS GENERALLY ARE UNDERUTILIZED, BUT THERE DO EXIST SOME SIMPLE PARAMETERS AND TECHNIQUES FOR MAKING DATA PROVIDE A CLEARER PICTURE OF WORKLOAD PERFORMANCE AND LOCAL PROCEDURES. THIS STUDY CONSIDERS DATA USE IN THE NORTH DAKOTA AND COLORADO COURT SYSTEMS. THE NORTH DAKOTA SYSTEM OPERATES ON PAPER FORMS USING CASE-BY-CASE REPORTING AND BATCH PROCESSING, AND THE COLORADO SYSTEM IS ONLINE AND CONSISTS OF REMOTE TERMINALS IN THE COURTS TO PROVIDE CALENDARING, NOTIFICATION, AND STATISTICAL MONITORING. THE NORTH DAKOTA DATA CONSIST OF RECORDS ON FEWER THAN 20,000 CASES AND THE COLORADO DATA INCLUDE MORE THAN 400,000 CASES. FOR MONITORING WORKLOAD, TWO TYPES OF INDICES HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED, THE CHI-SQUARE INDEX FOR DATA VALIDATION AND THE BACKLOG INDEX FOR MEASURING ABILITY TO COPE WITH WORKLOADS AND CASE DELAY. A MONTHLY SUMMARY PROVIDING INFORMATION IN LAYERS IS SUGGESTED CONTAINING SHORT GRAPHICAL SUMMARIES OF THE BEHAVIOR OF THESE INDICES OVER ALL COURTS AND MORE DETAILED FOLLOWUP INFORMATION REGARDING THE INDICES ON A COURT-BY-COURT BASIS. TROUBLE SPOTS COULD BE ANALYZED AND TRACKED DOWN MORE EFFICIENTLY. THE THIRD LAYER WOULD INCLUDE DETAILED AND LONGRUN INFORMATION REGARDING THE COURTS WHICH SUPPORTS THE FIRST TWO LAYERS OF INFORMATION. THE EFFECTS ON THE CASE SERVICING TIMES OF VARIOUS FACTORS WHOSE VALUES WERE AVAILABLE IN THE DATA SET WERE ANALYZED CONCURRENTLY FOR BOTH STATES. THE NORTH DAKOTA STUDY INDICATES THAT, EVEN WHEN ALL FACTORS USED WERE HELD CONSTANT (CASE TYPES, COURTS, AND DISPOSITIONS), THERE WAS STILL A LARGE VARIABILITY IN THE SERVICE TIMES OF INDIVIDUAL CASES. IN THE COLORADO STUDY, THE NUMBER OF TRIAL POSTPONEMENTS AND PRETRIAL ACTIONS HAD A LARGE EFFECT ON TRIAL DELAY. THE REPORT IS DIVIDED INTO TECHNICAL AND NONTECHNICAL SECTIONS, AND APPENDIXES CONTAIN SELECTED REFERENCES AND DATA DESCRIPTIONS. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--DAG)
Index Term(s): Colorado; Court calendar models; Court case flow management; Court delays; Court management; Data analysis; Data collection devices; Data integrity; North Dakota; State courts; Statistics; Studies
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