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  1. Introduction
  2. Merits and difficulties in case management
  3. Specific problems for criminal divisions
  4. Specific problems brought on by the Judge in juvenile hearings
  5. What changes can be made to statistical reports?
  6. Conclusion

As with any organization difficulties in productivity effectiveness and efficiency occur when increases. These difficulties include tasks that arise and need to be resolved. The criminal justice court system is no different. Time management of cases to be tried and reviewed cause backlogs within the court system. Management of the judge's time to be allocated for individual cases while ensuring due process, are challenges that occur daily. Specific challenges occur within the variety of cases reviewed by one or more judges. Depending on either the master or individual calendar system in place for management of the court system, the issues to resolve cases may be either complex or simple. The criminal division of the court system has seen an increase of cases with changes in legislation of the enforcement of laws, sentencing guidelines, and probation or parole sentences.

Recommendations of changes made to expedite the cases and alleviate the backlog of cases assigned to a judge may be of assistance in streamlining the process of justice while ensuring the integrity of the court system. Currently, the system in place for the judges, and the defendants is based on tradition and expediency that need to be adjusted to the changing needs of society's response to criminal issues.

[...] This makes it difficult to assign new cases to judges who must stay with a case until this end, creating a case stacking backlog. However, if a judge can clear the docket by resolving cases quickly, this brings forth a dilemma to eliminate a judge's ?free time? whereas cases are backlogged. The resolution advised to the court would be to implement one calendar system; the individual calendar system. advantage of the individual calendar system is that is a simpler procedure. [...]

[...] This will help the courts and the judges in handling the cases more quickly. Also to have the civil cases dealt with more rapidly and not hold them for moths or wait for the new judges to come in to look at the current cases and restudy them all over again. Other thing that can help the statically reports would be to tried to lower the numbers from the juveniles to work with the more harsh cases and with the less ones to take them out as quick as possible and not hold them for long periods of time. [...]

[...] Also, a case is assigned to a single judge who oversees all aspects of it from arraignment to pretrial motions and trial (Peak p. 231). The benefits to this type of system are that the court and clients know the party in charge of the proceedings for better accountability of actions or inactions. Also the possibility of attorney's hopping from one judge to another until the desired judge is assigned the case will be minimized. However, the main benefit is that ?administrative responsibility for each case is fixed. [...]

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