The Judicial Branch: statistics reveal a staggering challenge to the administration of justice

“Between March 2007 and February 2008, people passed through metal detectors located in our 47 courthouses approximately 6.5 million times. Some of those people were the 108,380 jurors who served at least one day last year. Still others participated in the 774,000 new cases added to Connecticut’s court system between July 2006 and June 2007.   Source:   Strategic Plan For The Judicial Branch – Public Service and Trust Commission, Page 3.”

Remembering that cases involve litigants, court personnel, judges, witnesses and lawyers, that with respect to each case information must be gathered and disseminated, that before a case ends numerous disputes must be resolved, and remembering that judges rotate from one assignment to another so that there is a constant need for judges to familiarize themselves with files that have been pending for years, and remembering that there are 47 courthouses in Connecticut the management and scheduling of court business seem utterly impossible tasks.