Analysis of the criminal jury trial scheduling system in use at the Monterey Branch of the Monterey County Municipal Court
Clark, Michael James
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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 polices 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.
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