An Unmanageable Case-Management Quandary
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 month-to-month basis.
What specific problems could arise in the criminal division? Why?
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