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Judicial Case Management Practices Vary Throughout State; Better Case Data Needed

Report 09-06, January 2009

Report Summary

Florida circuit and county courts use a variety of case management practices to improve efficiency and reduce delays. As part of these practices, the Florida Supreme Court has adopted statewide rules that address trial court administration, time standards, case management, and use of court technology, among other issues. Many circuits in Florida use nationally recognized case management practices. These include using administrative judges to lead court divisions; differentiated case management; modifying judicial assignments to meet caseload needs; encouraging case progress through frequent status conferences and firm trial dates; and using video technology for court appearances and internal conferencing. However, factors such as circuit geography, demographics requiring interpreters, resource availability, some circuit cultures, and concerns about invalid case management data can negatively affect circuit and county courts' workload management.

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