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NCJ Number: 67884 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: VOLUME AND DELAY IN THE NEW JERSEY SUPERIOR COURT APPELLATE DIVISION
Author(s): J A MARTIN; E A PRESCOTT
Corporate Author: National Ctr for State Courts
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 95
Sponsoring Agency: Charles E Culpeper Foundation
New York, NY 10017
National Ctr for State Courts
North Andover, MA 01845
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 78-DF-AX-0021; 79-DF-AX-0082
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A REPORT PREPARED BY THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR STATE COURTS FOCUSING ON THE PROBLEMS OF VOLUME AND DELAY IN THE NEW JERSEY SUPERIOR COURT APPELLATE DIVISION IS PRESENTED; APPLICABILITY TO OTHER COURTS IS NOTED.
Abstract: THE REPORT, PART OF A SERIES OF 11 SUCH WORKS, IS THE PRODUCT OF AN EXTENSIVE DATA COLLECTION EFFORT UNDERTAKEN IN AUGUST 1978 AS PART OF A NATIONAL EXAMINATION OF APPELLATE COURT DELAY PROBLEMS. TWO TYPES OF INFORMATION WERE USED. THE FIRST TYPE OF INFORMATION IS DESCRIPTIVE INFORMATION CONCERNING COURT RULES AND PROCEDURES, ACQUIRED THROUGH SITE VISITS TO THE COURT. THE SECOND TYPE OF INFORMATION IS QUANTITATIVE DATA WHICH DESCRIBE THE COURT'S CASELOAD IN TERMS OF CASE CHARACTERISTICS AND TIME LAPSE IN PROCESSING. THE QUANTITATIVE DATA WERE DERIVED FROM A SYSTEMATIC SAMPLE DRAWN FROM THE COURT RECORDS OF 489 CASES PROCESSED FROM 1975 THROUGH 1976. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT THE PREDECISION PHASES OF THE APPELLATE PROCESS IS THE PRINCIPAL SITE OF DELAY IN THE DIVISION. CASES OFTEN EXCEED THE LIMITS SET BY THE COURT RULE FOR FILING BRIEFS, RECORDS, AND TRANSCRIPTS. ATTORNEYS, LOWER COURT CLERKS, AND REPORTERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DELAY AT THIS STAGE. LITIGANTS MUST WAIT A SUBSTANTIAL LENGTH OF TIME FOR THEIR CASES TO BE HEARD. TIME LAPSE DATA REVEALED THAT THE COURT WAS OPERATING EFFICIENTLY AT THE DECISION STAGE. HOWEVER, EVEN THOUGH CASE DECISION TIMES WERE SHORT, THE COURT MAY NOT BE HEARING ENOUGH CASES. THE DIVISION IS URGED TO GIVE TOP PRIORITY TO DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING TECHNIQUES AND PROCEDURES FOR DISPOSING OF MORE CASES. THESE TECHNIQUES COULD INCLUDE BETTER UTILIZATION OF CENTRAL STAFF AVAILABLE FOR CASE SCREENING, POLICIES WHICH DELEGATE MORE AUTHORITY TO THE STAFF FOR HANDLING ROUTINE MOTIONS, FORMAL MECHANISMS FOR INCREASING JUDGE COLLEGIALITY AND RESOLVING PANEL CONFLICTS, AND ESTABLISHMENT OF ALTERNATE METHODS OF DECISIONMAKING SUCH AS APPELLATE SETTLEMENT CONFERENCES. CASE TRACKING AND RECORDKEEPING PROCEDURES SHOULD BE IMPROVED. FOOTNOTES, TABLES, FIGURES, AND APPENDIXES ARE INCLUDED IN THE REPORT.
Index Term(s): Appellate courts; Court case flow; Court case flow management; Court delays; Court statistics; National Center for State Courts (NCSC); New Jersey; State courts
Note: VOLUME AND DELAY STAFF STUDY SERIES
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