Justice Efficiencies and
Access to the Justice System

Guiding Principles For Effective Case Management

The criminal justice system exists to provide order that is just. To have the necessary moral authority it must protect the rights of the accused, including the right to disclosure and a fair trial, and it must resolve matters effectively. Effectiveness is not mere efficiency or cost cutting. It is ensuring that every step of the process contributes to a just result by working the way it is intended to work, without waste.

Management of cases that go to trial is part of this. This paper identifies five basic principles that can contribute to the effective handling of cases.

  1. Cooperation & expectations: Effective case management requires cooperation and clear expectations.
  2. Leadership: The court has a leadership role in effective case management.
  3. Culture: Effective case management creates a criminal justice system culture of responsibility, awareness, and appropriate collaboration.
  4. Local Control: All case management is local.
  5. Management information: effective case management requires management information.
  6. Implementation Approaches
  7. Recommendations