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Monday, September 29, 2008

Judges and Time Management??

Why in 90% of courtrooms do judges just set like 80% of cases at 9/930/10am? If you practice where I practice, every status hearing in most courtrooms gets set at the same time so you have 30 cases scheduled for say 930am. So inevitably those courtrooms get backed up and time gets wasted.

There's one judge I appear in front of a lot who does things differently and it's not rocket science. She spreads cases evenly in 15 minute increments from say 9am to 12pm. So there's not 30 cases at 930am and then 5 the rest of the morning. There's 2 cases at 15 minute increments and her call moves along swimmingly!

2 Comments:

At 7:35 PM, Blogger Chuck said...

Most judges have cattle calls like we did 10 or 15 years ago because they do not understand how to properly employ technology to handle their case loads. 80% of what a judge does typically is management of the court and cases, and most of them, while being good jurist, are extremely bad at this. After all, we rarely appoint the law firm manager to the bench.

 
At 4:39 PM, Blogger Peter said...

Great point...although I'm not even sure what technology is involved. The judges who do this well simply spread out the cases better.

 

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