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NCJ Number: 77311 Find in a Library
Title: Missouri - Office of the State Courts Administrator - Evaluation Study of the Springfield Municipal Division of the 31st Judicial Circuit
Corporate Author: Missouri State Courts Administrator's Office
Division of Court Services and Special Projects
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 120
Sponsoring Agency: Missouri State Courts Administrator's Office
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Springfield Municipal Court (Missouri) was evaluated with respect to its caseload, caseflow and records management, space management, personnel, and fiscal management.
Abstract: Time series analysis of population trends and data on traffic cases, minor moving violations, parking violations, and police cases indicate that the total caseload will increase in the next few years. Use of a statistical data collection form and a permanent index card are recommended to improve the collection and presentation of municipal court data. Numerous changes are recommended to improve accountability and procedures related to traffic and police tickets, the initiation of cases, searches of prior records, and other areas related to records management and court caseflow. Modifications of the existing floor plans are recommended to address such problems as the crowding of persons in the hallway, lobby, and courtroom areas; the need for additional work area for court personnel; and the need for security for the judge. Both short-term alterations and an addition to the existing building are proposed. Although present court personnel are competent and work well together, future hirings should involve a probationary period which is long enough to determine a worker's ability to deal with the specific pressures placed on court employees. Current and proposed job descriptions for court employees show how job duties would be affected by adoption of the recommendations concerning caseflow and records management. Among recommendations to improve fiscal management are the purchase of modern locking cash registers with coded access and the use of receipts generated by the cash register. Figures, flow charts, and forms are provided.
Index Term(s): Court case flow management; Evaluation; Financial management; Missouri; Municipal courts; Personnel selection; Records management; Space management
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