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Comparative international study of court performance indicators : a descriptive and analytical account (Inglês)

The aim of this study is to describe and explain, as far as statistically possible, the differences in the performance of court systems within a sample of developed and developing countries. Significant differences in court performance are identified and related to common international denominators that can be addressed in future judicial reforms. These variables have been collected in order to identify trends in court performance worldwide. This analysis is based on information from the federal first-instance courts that have jurisdiction over commercial cases. Information related to salaries, caseloads, budgets, and personnel was gathered for each of the sampled courts. The general budget allocations of each of the specific sampled courts were then calculated. In addition, a survey was made of each court, including a study of the time allocated to different tasks. This was for the most part answered by the judges themselves, the objectives of the survey being to assess how the different characteristics of the cases sampled-for example, the complexity of the case-affect the productivity of the judge and the court personnel, and to evaluate how managerial style and case complexity affect processing time. The framework used for this study relates input variables--the different types of human and non-human court resources--with output variables that measure the supply of court services.

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