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NCJ Number: NCJ 217996     Find in a Library
Title: State Court Organization, 1987-2004
Series: BJS Special Reports
Author(s): Lynn Langton ; Thomas H. Cohen Ph.D
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 10/2007
Page Count: 12
Sale Source: Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: Text PDF 
Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents trend data from State Court Organization data collections covering the years 1987-2004.
Abstract: The report examines changes in the organization and operations of the Nation’s State trial and appellate courts over this time period. Topics include the selection and educational requirements of judges, regulations of criminal and civil juries, the development of unified court systems, and adjustments in court management and staffing to address growing caseloads. Highlights include the following: (1) from 1987-2004 total trial court case filings increased by approximately 45 percent in limited jurisdiction courts and 43 percent in general jurisdiction courts; (2) specialty jurisdiction or problem-solving courts, such as drugs, family, mental health, and domestic violence courts, became more common; and (3) the ratio of trial judges to the population nationwide decreased slightly from 10 to 9 judges per 100,000 persons. Tables
Main Term(s): Court statistics
Index Term(s): Appellate courts ; Judges ; State courts ; Organization studies ; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
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