Are Your Courts Backlogged?
Most counties are overwhelmed by the sheer number of cases presented to courts. There are ways of managing this large volume, but they require a new way of thinking about the judicial process. We provide below a few ideas from ILPP's recent courts studies.
Calendaring for Quicker Case Disposition
Calendaring can be used as a proactive tool for pushing cases along, one example being the automatic scheduling of pretrial release motion conferences.
A successful new case management technique for large classes of misdemeanors and certain lesser felonies.
Specialized Case Handling
Courts for specific types of charges, such as traffic and drug courts, can help a jurisdiction operate efficiently by centralizing the resources needed to deal with one kind of high volume case.
Efficient Sharing of Case Information
The judicial system can only work efficiently if the primary parties-the court, the prosecution/plaintiffs, and the defense-have full and immediate access to all relevant information.
Other Agencies Can Help
Courts affect and are affected by the practices of law enforcement and detention agencies. To be really effective, a study must look at all of these elements as a single, integrated system to see where the bottlenecks are.
Recent Court Study
ILPP recently completed a courts study for Orange County, FL (Orlando), which identified new management strategies in litigation avoidance, calendaring and security, and resulted in significant cost savings. It provided the foundation for a move to a new facility.
"Identifying who is in our system and the policies and practices that have led to this, the ILPP team provided Orange County's criminal justice decision makers with vital information. The ILPP final report also presented options for remedying this situation to improve our strategy in protecting our community and criminal justice spending....This study provided a clear picture of how our system is working and the impact it is having on all our allocation of resources and our effectiveness in addressing serious crime."
Chief Judge R. James Stroker, Orange County, FL (Orlando)