Accession Number : ADA112308

Title :   Analysis of the Criminal Jury Trial Scheduling System in Use at the Monterey Branch of the Monterey County, California Municipal Court.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


Personal Author(s) : Clark,Michael James

PDF Url : ADA112308

Report Date : Dec 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 66

Abstract : This thesis is an analysis of the criminal jury trial scheduling system in use at the Monterey Branch of the Monterey County, California Municipal Court. Inefficiencies in the scheduling system which cause witnesses and jurors to incur additional costs are analyzed to identify areas which can be improved. The analysis covers a six-month period from January 1981 through June 1981. The estimated cost to the witnesses and jurors of the inefficiencies is $83,519 for the six-month period. The author proposes three alternative policies for a revised scheduling system. The alternative policies are tested and evaluated for their effect on the court's operation using Monte Carlo simulation and sensitivity analysis. The author recommends that two of the three alternative policies, changing the timing of the readiness conference and establishing a minimum limit on the number of cases to be scheduled in each courtroom, be adopted by the Monterey Branch Municipal Court. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Cost analysis, *Criminal justice system, *Scheduling, Delay, Policies, Economic analysis, Monte Carlo method, Mathematical models, Operational effectiveness, Decision making, Municipalities, California, Theses

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE