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NCJ Number: 63904 Find in a Library
Title: MICHIGAN - AN EVALUATION OF THE FAMILY COURT PILOT PROJECT IN THE 26TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
Author(s): T DUNGWORTH
Corporate Author: Michigan Office of Criminal Justice
United States of America

Public Sector Research, Inc
United States of America
Project Director: J P SWALLOW
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 49
Sponsoring Agency: Michigan Office of Criminal Justice
Lansing, MI 48909
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Public Sector Research, Inc
Chevy Chase, MD 20015
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 22975-1A76
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE OPERATION OF A MODEL FAMILY COURT PROJECT IN MICHIGAN IS EVALUATED FROM APRIL 1977 TO MARCH 1978 IN TERMS OF PROJECT DESIGN, THE IMPACT UPON CLIENT FAMILIES, AND THE INTERACTION WITH COMMUNITY AGENCIES.
Abstract: OPERATING WITHIN THE FOUR-COUNTY AREA OF THE 26TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, THE FAMILY COURT PILOT PROJECT SOUGHT TO DEMONSTRATE: (1) STH FEASIBILITY OF HANDLING ALL DOMESTIC RELATIONS, JUVENILE, AND FAMILYRELATED JURISDICTIONS WITHIN THE PROBATE COURTS, (2) DEFINING AND UTILIZING EXISTING COMMUNITY RESOURCES ANND INITIATING ADDITIONAL SERVICES TO PROVIDE COORDINATED ADJUDICATION AND PRE- AND POST-ADJUDICATION SERVICES TO PERSONS INVOLVED IN THE COURT PROCESS AS A FAMILY UNIT, (3) DOCUMENTING THE IMPACT OF A COMBINED SERVICES FAMILY COURT UPON THE INCIDENCE OF JUVENILE AND FAMILYRELATED CRIME, AND (4) DETERMINING THE IMPACT UPON THE PENDING AND/OR BACKLOG CRIMINAL DOCKETS OF THE CIRCUIT COURTS, AND THE PROCESSING TIME OF CRIMINAL CASES, RESULTING FROM THE TRANSFER OF DOMESTIC AND FAMILY-RELATED JURISDICTION TO THE FAMILY COURT. BECAUSE EVALUATION OF PREEXISTING CONDITIONS WAS VERY LIMITED, ANALYSIS OF THE FEASIBILITY OF THE MODEL FAMILY COURT WAS CONFINED TO THE FOLLOWING PROJECT RECORDS WITHIN A SPECIAL DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM: (1) JUDGE TIME RECORD, (2) CASE TRANSACTION RECORD, (3) COURT PERSONNEL TIME RECORD, AND (4) CASE CHARACTERISTICS RECORD, INCLUDING THE FAMILY CHARACTERISTICS RECORD AND THE JUVENILE CASE CHARACTERISTICS RECORD. DESCRIPTION AND ILLUSTRATIONS OF EACH OF THESE RECORDS IS FOLLOWED BY STATISTICS ON FAMILY COURT DISPOSITIONS, INTERVIEWS WITH COURT PERSONNEL AND 19 CASE DESCRIPTIONS THAT ILLUSTRATE CONTINUING COURT INVOLVEMENT OF FAMILIES IN PROBATE/JUVENILE COURT, CIRCUIT COURT AND FAMILY COURT. THE REMAINING SECTIONS INCLUDE DISCUSSIONS OF THE PROBLEMS THAT HAMPERED THE OPERATION OF THE MODEL FAMILY COURT. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT THE PILOT PROJECT FOR A MODEL FAMILY COURT ACHIEVED ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER OF ITS OBJECTIVES DUE TO FACTORS BEYOND THE CONTROL OF COURT PERSONNEL. TABLES ARE PROVIDED.
Index Term(s): Court reorganization; Family courts; Michigan; Witness immunity
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