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Modernising Staffing and Court Management Practices in Ireland

Towards a More Responsive and Resilient Justice System

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Ireland has launched an ambitious strategy to build a more inclusive, efficient and sustainable justice sector. Irish citizens recognise these efforts: Ireland is one of the OECD countries with a higher percentage of citizens trusting their government and courts, according to the recent OECD Survey on the Drivers of Trust in Public Institutions. This study aims to support these efforts by analysing the judicial workforce and relevant support structures and processes currently employed by the Irish courts. In particular, the study seeks to contribute to the deliberations of the Irish Judicial Planning Working Group, which was established to identify reform initiatives and evaluate staffing needs to enhance the efficient administration of justice over the next five years.

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Key data needed for effective judicial workload tracking in Ireland

The below tables provide suggestions for the main, minimum data that should be regularly collected and analysed to provide judges and the Courts Service with needed case management and resource management information. The data need to track how cases move through the system, if and when they move out and why, how long each event takes (at least by days), and when a judge is involved.

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