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The Relationship between Judicial Staff and Court Performance: Evidence from Brazilian State Courts

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Adalmir Oliveira Gomes ,

Management Graduate Programme, University of Brasilia, Brazil., BR
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Tomas Aquino Guimaraes,

Management Graduate Programme, University of Brasilia, Brazil., BR
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Luiz Akutsu

Management Graduate Programme, University of Brasilia, Brazil., BR
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Abstract

To handle increasing caseloads, the judicial systems of several countries have adopted three main strategies: developing new standards and judicial procedures; investing in information and communication technologies; and hiring additional judicial staff. This paper investigates the impact of this third strategy on the performance of Brazilian courts. We use multiple regression analysis to test an array of related hypotheses about the complex interactions between the number of judicial staff and court productivity. The empirical research uses ten-year (2003-2012) data from 27 Brazilian courts. The main findings indicate that the number of judicial assistants has a positive influence on court productivity, and the number of assistants mitigates the positive relationship between court caseload and court productivity. The results are discussed and further studies are suggested.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/ijca.214
How to Cite: Gomes, A.O., Guimaraes, T.A. & Akutsu, L., (2016). The Relationship between Judicial Staff and Court Performance: Evidence from Brazilian State Courts. International Journal for Court Administration. 8(1), pp.12–19. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/ijca.214
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Published on 31 Oct 2016.
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