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The speed of justice (English)

Can procedural reforms improve judicial efficiency? And do improvements in judicial efficiency benefit firms? The authors study a reform that gave judges in Senegal the powers to desk reject cases and the responsibility to complete pre-trials within four months. They combine three years of hearing-level caseload data and monthly firm tax filings with the staggered roll-out of the reform to produce three key results. First, the reform improved judicial efficiency, with no detrimental effect on quality. Second, firms' monthly revenues drop by 8-11 percent upon entering pre-trial. Third, completing pre-trial within four months significantly reduces this negative impact on revenues. Survey results show firms are willing to pay higher legal fees to achieve post-reform speed, suggesting net positive benefits of the reform on firms.

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Kondylis,Florence Stein,Mattea

The speed of justice (English). Policy Research working paper,no. WPS 8372,Paper is funded by the Knowledge for Change Program (KCP) Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.