Everyday Work in the Magistrates Courts: Time and Tasks

Journal of Judicial Administration, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2011

20 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2015

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Kathy Mack

Flinders University - School of Law

Sharyn Roach Anleu

Flinders University - Department of Sociology

Anne Wallace

La Trobe Law School

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

Using interviews, surveys and observation studies, this article analyses the types of cases, location of work, important judicial and non-judicial functions and sources of satisfaction and dissatisfaction with magistrates' work. It includes a very detailed analysis of magistrates' typical work days, describing the actual amounts of time magistrates report spending on a range of tasks and activities which are part of their everyday work. While magistrates' work is dominated by high volumes of in-court work on criminal cases, there is also considerable unpredictability about the exact nature of work demands on any given day, though there are consistent patterns over time. The impact of court location and size on the nature of the work and its organisation is especially important in several respects.

Keywords: Magistrates, courts, Australia, everyday work, time, tasks, empirical research, survey research, lowers courts, criminal cases, court organisation

Suggested Citation

Mack, Kathy and Roach Anleu, Sharyn and Wallace, Anne, Everyday Work in the Magistrates Courts: Time and Tasks (2011). Journal of Judicial Administration, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2623438

Kathy Mack (Contact Author)

Flinders University - School of Law ( email )

Adelaide S.A. 5001
Australia
+08 8201 3627 (Phone)

Sharyn Roach Anleu

Flinders University - Department of Sociology ( email )

Adelaide, S.A, 5001
Australia
+61 8 8201 2122 (Phone)
+61 8 8201 3521 (Fax)

Anne Wallace

La Trobe Law School ( email )

La Trobe University
Bundoora, VIC 3083 3142
Australia

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