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Title: COURTS - TASK FORCE REPORT (FROM PROSECUTORIAL RELATIONS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE, P 144-148, 1977, BY JOHN JAY DOUGLASS - SEE NCJ-69153)
Corporate Author: US President's Cmssn on Law Enforcement and Admin of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National College of District Attorneys
Houston, TX 77004
US President's Cmssn on Law Enforcement and Admin of Justice
Sale Source: National College of District Attorneys
College of Law
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77004
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE REPORT ASSERTS THAT THE POOR TREATMENT OFFERED JURORS AND WITNESSES (LACK OF COMPENSATION, PROLONGED PROPERTY RETENTION) HAS RESULTED IN PUBLIC RELUCTANCE TO DEAL WITH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
Abstract: SENSITIVITY TO THE NEEDS OF WITNESSES HAS BEEN SORELY LACKING. COMPENSATION FOR WITNESSES OR JURORS IS SO LOW THAT SUCH SERVICE IS OFTEN A SERIOUS FINANCIAL BURDEN. REPEATED COURT APPEARANCES CAUSED BY THE ADJOURNMENT OF TRIALS INTERFERES WITH THE LIVES OF WITNESSES AND JURORS. SOME IMPROVEMENTS WOULD BE ADEQUATE COMPENSATION TO REDUCE FINANCIAL SACRIFICE, SEPARATE LOUNGE FACILITIES FOR WITNESSES AND JURORS, EFFICIENT CALENDARING AND SCHEDULING OF CASES, AND MORE EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT OF THE COURTS. WITNESSES SHOULD BE NOTIFIED IN ADVANCE OF THE DISPOSITION OF CASES WHICH WOULD MAKE AN APPEARANCE UNNECESSARY. PLEA NEGOTIATIONS SHOULD PRECEDE THE CALENDAR CALL SO THAT WITNESSES NEED NOT TO APPEAR WHEN A GUILTY PLEA IS TO BE ENTERED. UNNECESSARY REPETITION OF COURT APPEARANCES COULD BE FURTHER REDUCED BY PROCEDURES SUCH AS A TELEPHONE OR ELECTRONIC ALERT. BETTER SCHEDULING OF CASES WILL RESULT IN TIME SAVINGS FOR JURORS. THE USE OF A CENTRAL JURY POOL SUCH AS THAT USED IN NEW YORK WOULD MAKE MORE EFFICIENT USE OF JURORS. WASTE OF POLICE TIME IN REPEATED COURT APPEARANCES COULD BE ELIMINATED BY THE USE OF A STATEMENT OF THE FACTS OF THE CASE AT THE TIME OF THE OFFENSE, WRITTEN AND SIGNED BY THE OFFICER. RECOVERY PROCEDURES SHOULD INSURE PROMPT RETURN OF PROPERTY. FOR RELATED DOCUMENTS, SEE NCJ 69153, 69154, 69156, 69157, 69158, 69160.
Index Term(s): Court case flow management; Court reform; Court security; Witness protection
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