Evaluating Administrative Court Reforms.

by John B. Jennings


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A set of broad administrative objectives is tentatively suggested for a criminal court. Some of these are aimed at improving the quality of justice, some at reducing the burden imposed by administrative procedures on individuals and agencies, and some at increasing efficiency. The success of any administrative reform should be evaluated in terms of a precise set of objectives such as these. While, in many instances, the evaluation must be subjective in nature, a set of objective criteria, or measures of performance, should be used wherever possible. Appendix I is a glossary of court-related terms used. Appendix II derives three formulas for estimating case flow through the courts, developed for and used by the Criminal Court of the City of New York. 26 pp.

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