You are the administrator for a court with 50 employees.
This court, which used to dispose of about 700 cases per month, now hears an
average of 100 criminal and 400 civil cases per month. Case filings have
doubled in the past 7 years. The present "hybrid" combination of the
individual and master case-management systems has evolved over a long period of
time through tradition and expediency. A growing caseload and increasing
difficulties in avoiding a backlog, however, have prompted the judges to
rethink their present system. Criminal cases that formerly reached final
disposition in 1 month now require 2 to 3 months. The situation shows no signs
of improving in the foreseeable future. Again, the court has a mixed calendar
system. Two judges are assigned to hear criminal cases and motions for a
1-month period, whereas the remaining four judges hear all manner of civil
cases on a random basis on the filing of civil complaints. The judges are
responsible for the management of these cases until final disposition. At the
end of the 1-month period, the two judges hearing criminal cases return to the
civil division and two other judges rotate onto the criminal bench; any pending
criminal cases or motions are then heard by these two incoming criminal judges.
One of the judges hears all juvenile-related cases in addition to any
assignment in the criminal and civil divisions. The court collects statistics
on the number of court filings and motions filed in each division on a
Answer the following Discussion questions in APA format. Do not use in-text citation to try and fill word count.
In a general way, discuss both the merits and difficulties of this
case-management approach. What are the
general advantages and disadvantages of the individual and master calendar systems?