Summary: Courtroom Work Group

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Courtroom WORKCourtroom Work Group Paper Bridgette Anderson CJA/204 Robert Quesada September 01, 2014 In the criminal justice system a courtroom work group is compose of the judge, prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys, public offenders, and others that may work for the court work group such as clerk of court and court reporter. The judge has complete control over the courtroom, the workgroup, responsible for keeping the order and decision-making of finding the accused innocent or guilty of charges that are brought against them. The courtroom work group interacts on a daily basis in many ways. For one, the judge responsibilites are to oversee what goes on within the courtroom, and ensure the rights are not being violated, well as…show more content…
Criminal justice funnel is the process through which the number of criminal matters that are pending is decreased until only a small percentage of cases needs to be resolved by trial advocacy and incarceration ( ). The benefits of criminal justice funnel prevent the criminal system from becoming overburdened. Nevertheless, due to the amount of trials and offenders who are incarcerated, this system saves man hours and money. What are the effects of criminal justice funnel? One of the effects of criminal justice system is cases are often dismiss or pleas are bargained for which is due to lack of evidence against defendants, less-serious offenders are put on probation where they are incarcerated only upon violation of probation or committing another crime. During the criminal justice funnel process the offender may have to wait month or even years for a hearing during this time…show more content…
Our cluttered legal system takes almost a quarter to half time of the individual’s lifetime to conclude a case. The slow, cumbersome and long trials i.e. there are absence of rapid disposal of cases which results in the backlogged courtrooms. The effects of the backlog cases on the court system and the courtroom work group means that the defendants have to wait longer between arrest and trials is inordinately long, in order to get a verdict on their case which also affects the number of conviction rates. Another is poor communication between the courtroom work group, and laboratories about the statuses and updates of cases, and having lack of staff and resources to research and get the job done. Last, if the judge has a lot of case dockets to review daily he or she may not have enough time in day to review the information within the case dockets are presented before him causing the process to slow down. These types of issues cause severe havoc within the courtroom workgroup which may cause delays arraignments, and stages in criminal trial proceedings. What are some solutions to help eliminate the funnel and reduce the backlog of cases? The professionals working in the criminal justice system needs to get more assistance and funds ensure the optimal use of DNA evidence reaches its full potential to solve crimes. These concepts might help pursue with the aim of reducing caseload immensely and provision is likely

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