Nashville Courts to Conduct Caseload Analysis

The Davidson County trial courts are undertaking a study to analyze how cases are assigned in all criminal and civil courts, and how that system affects caseloads. Under the present method, judges are specialists within an area of the law, and cases are assigned accordingly. While this creates efficiencies through specialization, the court administrator reports that it does not address caseload increases in a particular specialty. An alternative under consideration is to cross train judges and staff so that high volume cases (such as domestic cases) can be assigned to other judges who have less demanding dockets. The objective, according to a press release from the court, is to build flexibility and accomplish more with existing resources.

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