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NCJ Number: 70133 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Mississippi Court Finance Study - Volume 6 - Mississippi Youth Courts - Caseload and Caseflow Analysis
Corporate Author: Ernest H Short and Associates
United States of America
Project Director: E H Short
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 90
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
Grant 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 sixth volume of a six-volume study of Mississippi's court system examines the State's existing juvenile justice system, particularly caseload and caseflow, and recommends improvements.
Abstract: Different approaches were used to analyze youth court data including offense categories, types of hearings, filings and dispositions, court locations, and caseload-personnel ratios. Mississippi's juvenile justice system is a combination of adjudicative services lodged with several court types and social services provided by judicial and executive agencies at the State and local levels. Because the system is fundamentally different from the adult criminal justice system, its needs do not parallel those of court administration in the adult system. There is less need to focus on efficiency in managing judicial business and more emphasis on the quality of justice system services. The youth courts are generally characterized by great disparity in organizational structure, operations, judicial hearing officers, use of jail detention, adherence to constitutional and legal requirements, extent of prosecution and defense counsel representation, processing time, adequacy of records, and availability of social service rehabilitation programs. The recent Youth Court Act has helped solve some substantive problems of the States juvenile justice system. An evaluation of the Act should be conducted to determine the impact on service delivery in the juvenile justice system. The Mississippi Judicial Council should establish within its operational structure and responsibility a mechanism for the collection and assimilation of youth court caseload information. Supplementary data are appended, and tabular data and footnotes are provided throughout the report's body. See NCJ 70127-32 and NCJ 70134.
Index Term(s): Court case flow management; Court management; Court reorganization; Juvenile courts; Mississippi
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