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NCJ Number: 52312 Find in a Library
Title: TIME REPORTING IN ATTORNEYS GENERAL'S OFFICES
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: National Assoc of Attorneys General
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 47
Sponsoring Agency: National Assoc of Attorneys General
Washington, DC 20001
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 78-TA-AX-0023
Sale Source: National Assoc of Attorneys General
444 North Capitol Street
Washington, DC 20001
United States of America

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
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Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE NATURE AND BENEFITS OF ATTORNEY TIMEKEEPING, ITS USES IN ATTORNEYS GENERAL'S OFFICES, DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A SYSTEM, CONSIDERATIONS IN SYSTEM DESIGN, AND PREPARATION OF TIME SHEETS ARE DISCUSSED.
Abstract: AN ATTORNEY TIMEKEEPING SYSTEM IS DEFINED AS 'A METHOD OF RECORDING WHICH LAWYER WORKED ON WHICH PROJECT FOR WHICH CLIENT FOR WHAT AMOUNT OF TIME.' AN OFFICE'S OBJECTIVES IN COLLECTING ATTORNEY TIMEKEEPING RECORDS SHOULD LARGELY DETERMINE THE MANNER IN WHICH RECORDS ARE KEPT AND WHAT INFORMATION THEY INCLUDE. THE TIME CARD OR SLIP MADE OUT BY THE ATTORNEY IS SAID TO BE THE HEART OF ANY TIMEKEEPING SYSTEM. PLANNING AND ANALYZING THE WORKLOAD, BUDGET PREPARATION AND JUSTIFICATION, IMPROVED EFFICIENCY, FLEXIBILITY IN ASSIGNMENTS, ATTORNEY EVALUATION, BILLING FOR LEGAL SERVICES, AND COMPUTING ATTORNEY FEES ARE DISCUSSED AS THEY RELATE TO THE USES AND BENEFITS OF TIMEKEEPING. SOME PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH TIMEKEEPING, PARTICULARLY AT THE OUTSET, ARE APPROPRIATE DESIGN FOR A PARTICULAR OFFICE, OVERCOMING ATTORNEY RESISTANCE, INCREASED PAPERWORK, FAILURE TO USE THE INFORMATION IN APPROPRIATE WAYS, PROBLEMS OF COMPUTERIZATION, AND A TENDENCY TO SACRIFICE QUALITY FOR SPEED. IN DISCUSSING THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A SYSTEM, IT IS ADVISED THAT THERE IS NO 'BEST' OR 'MODEL' TIMEKEEPING SYSTEM FOR ATTORNEYS GENERAL'S OFFICES, BECAUSE EACH OFFICE WILL HAVE PARTICULAR INFORMATION NEEDS, WORKLOADS, RELATIONSHIPS WITH CLIENTS, AND OTHER UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS THAT DETERMINE THE KIND OF DESIGN REQUIRED FOR A GIVEN OFFICE. THE DESIGNER OF THE SYSTEM, PRETESTING AND EVALUATION, THE INTRODUCTION OF USERS TO THE SYSTEM, AND PROBLEMS TO BE ANTICIPATED IN IMPLEMENTATION ARE DISCUSSED. CONSIDERATIONS IN DESIGNING A SYSTEM AND PREPARING AND COMPILING TIME SHEETS ARE DISCUSSED ALSO IN SEPARATE CHAPTERS. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Attorney General; Records; Records management
Note: MANAGEMENT MANUAL N 7
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