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NCJ Number: 70129 Find in a Library
Title: Mississippi Court Finance Study - Volume 2 - A Proposed Magistrate Division of the Circuit Court for the State of Mississippi
Corporate Author: Ernest H Short and Associates
United States of America
Project Director: E H Short
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 44
Sponsoring Agency: Ernest H Short and Associates
Sacramento, CA 95821
Mississippi Judicial Council
Jackson, MS 39201
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Publication Number: 78-DF-AX-0215
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: This second volume of a six-volume study of the Mississippi court system proposes a magistrate system to replace the current justice courts system.
Abstract: The introductory section is followed by a consideration of operational factors pertinent to organizational change: organization, qualifications, jurisdiction, facilities and equipment, and caseload/workload. The next section details projections for staffing and costs of a magistrates dividion of the circuit court. The Concluding section summarizes the report's recommendations. The approach proposed essentially involves consolidation of trial court functions. The objective of consolidation is to provide a system in which the courts are organized and managed under a uniform administration of justice throughout a jurisdiction. Consolidation tends to promote more efficient use of personnel and facilities. Particular issues considered are judge qualifications, salary versus fee compensation, blending of prosecutorial and judicial roles, and operational factors. A brief chronology of lower court reform in other States is appended. Tabular data, figures, and footnotes are provided. For related volumes, see NCJ 70127-28 and 70130-34.
Index Term(s): Court management; Court reorganization; Magistrates; Mississippi; Personnel selection
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