Court Staffing and Funding

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    Report

    Discount Justice: State Court Belt-Tightening in an Era of Fiscal Austerity

    Following the 2008 financial crisis, fiscal pressure on the states has led to corresponding pressure for court system retrenchment. In January 2015, the UCLA–RAND Center for Law and Public Policy held a conference to examine the depth of the resourcing problem and identify policy options and practical steps to mitigate the challenges.

    May 26, 2017

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    Commentary

    Discount Justice: Fiscal Austerity and State Courts

    Budget cuts at the state court level can mean courthouse closures, hiring freezes and layoffs, leading to longer wait times for the public. Educating the public about the role and importance of the state courts is key to preventing more budget cuts in the future.

    Apr 18, 2017

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    Courts Innovation Needs Tool

    Using information drawn from the report findings, this interactive tool for ranking court innovation needs allows users to re-prioritize the needs, based on their own views of the importance of different court system policy goals.

    Jul 22, 2016

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    Report

    Fostering Innovation in the U.S. Court System

    The court system needs innovation to adapt to today's challenges and respond to new opportunities. Identifying high-priority needs provides a menu of innovation options for addressing key problems or capitalizing on emerging opportunities.

    May 10, 2016

  • Journal Article

    Fixing Judicial Recusals

    If judges or justices own stock in the company of a litigant, they must recuse themselves from hearing the case.

    Mar 16, 2016

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    Interactive Tool for Ranking Digital Evidence Needs

    This tool presents the prioritized needs related to digital evidence collection, management, analysis, and use and allows the user to see how their priorities would change when the importance of different digital evidence objectives are changed.

    Apr 20, 2015

  • Gavel on laptop computer keyboard concept for online internet auction or legal assistance

    Report

    Digital Evidence and the U.S. Criminal Justice System

    There are significant challenges to successfully using digital evidence in criminal prosecutions. Through structured interaction with police digital forensic experts, prosecuting attorneys, a privacy advocate, and industry representatives, researchers identified and prioritized specific needs to improve utilization of digital evidence in criminal justice.

    Apr 20, 2015

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    Report

    Who Pays for Justice? Perspectives on State Court System Financing and Governance

    RAND Corporation researchers surveyed experts from five states that use a variety of approaches to funding state court systems to assess financing, accounting, and governance issues under various systems.

    Apr 30, 2014

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    An Assessment of Program Sustainability in Three Bureau of Justice Assistance Criminal Justice Domains

    Some Bureau of Justice Assistance programs sustain operations or funding after initial funding ends. This report outlines strategies for helping programs sustain themselves and recommends a plan for ongoing measurement of sustainability.

    Apr 21, 2014

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    Type of Legal Representation Affects Outcomes in Murder Cases

    An analysis of the outcomes for murder defendants who were represented either by public defenders or by appointed private counsel in Philadelphia raises important questions about the adequacy and fairness of the criminal justice system.

    May 11, 2012

  • Journal Article

    How Much Should Judges Be Paid? An Empirical Study on the Effect of Judicial Pay on the State Bench

    Judicial salaries have a small but significant effect on the likelihood of exit and thus the length of judicial tenure, and a small effect on the background of judges that join the appellate bench.

    May 1, 2012

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    Report

    How Did the Financial Crisis Affect the U.S. Civil Justice System?

    A preliminary assessment of the impact of the financial crisis on the civil justice system finds that litigation demands on some parts of the system have increased, that funding for state courts may be trending downward, and that there have been disruptions in the legal services economy, in the provision of legal aid, and in the operation and staffing of courts.

    Mar 5, 2012

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    Case Weights for Federal Defender Organizations

    This report presents a system of case weights for estimating the funding and staffing requirements of federal defender organizations, discusses factors that might influence defender time expenditures, and describes how such weights should be used.

    Aug 18, 2011

  • News Release

    RAND Researchers Recommend Reform Of California's Workers' Compensation Courts; Many Recommendations Being Adopted

    Media Resources RAND Office of Media Relations (703) 413-1100, ext. 5117 (310) 451-6913 media@rand.org View the Study . FOR RELEASE Wednesday April 2, 2003 The system that resolves workers' compensation disputes in California is failing to provide the swift justice required by law and needs to be reformed, according ...

    Apr 1, 2003

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    Improving Dispute Resolution for California's Injured Workers

    Analyzes the causes of delays, high cost, and inconsistency in the California workers' compensation courts.

    Dec 31, 2002

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    Quantitative Models of Criminal Courts.

    Severe problems of congestion and delay have existed in both criminal and civil courts throughout the country for many years. Only in the last few years, however, have the techniques of operations research been applied to the effective administratio...

    Dec 31, 1970