Performance of the Courts of Appeal

Fiscal Year 2015 - 2016

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GOAL 4: TO USE PUBLIC RESOURCES EFFICIENTLY


Objective

4.3 To develop methods for improving aspects of trial court performance that affect the appellate judicial process.

Intent of the Objective

The efficiency and workload of appellate court systems are, to some extent, contingent upon trial court performance. If appellate courts do not properly advise the trial courts of the decisional and administrative errors they are making, appellate court systems waste valuable resources by repeatedly correcting or modifying the same or similar trial court errors. Appellate courts can contribute to a reduction in trial court error by identifying patterns of error and by collecting and communicating information concerning the nature of errors and the conditions under which they occur. Appellate courts, working in conjunction with state judicial education entities, can further this work by periodically conducting educational programs, seminars and workshops for appellate and trial court judges.

Responses To Objective

  1. Actions taken during FY 2015-2016 to develop methods for improving aspects of trial court performance that affect the appellate judicial process.

QuestionIdQuestionStatementResponse
1010682552What actions, if any, did your court take during the reporting period to develop methods for improving aspects of trial court performance that affect the appellate judicial process?Actions taken during FY 2015-2016 to develop methods for improving aspects of trial court performance that affect the appellate judicial process.
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Actions taken during FY 2015-2016 to develop methods for improving aspects of trial court performance that affect the appellate judicial process.
Additional actions taken by the courts to address this objective
1st Circuit
The clerk participated actively in the Louisiana Clerks of Court Association and the Louisiana Court Administrators Association, which facilitates communication of issues and their resolution. Various judges presented CLE lectures involving attorneys, court clerks, and local bar associations, to provide guidance in court operations.
3rd Circuit
The Third Circuit continued to utilize a document management system. Currently, all incoming records including transcripts, briefs, pleadings, correspondence, opinions, applications to the Supreme Court, dockets, worksheets, etc. are scanned into this system. Once the papers are scanned, the documents will be viewable from the computer by anyone in the court authorized to use the system. The strategy is to have complete access to all documents at work or at home. An authorized user is able to perform sophisticated searches within the system including documents and transcripts. Eventually all past criminal memoranda and certain civil memoranda will be scanned into the system with the opinions of this circuit and the other circuits for convenient access. In the next several years the system hopefully will be integrated into a new case management system for e-filings of writs and briefs.
ResponseResponse_Court
Additional actions taken by the courts to address this objective2 courts (1st Circuit, 3rd Circuit)
Continued to address this objective through the actions indicated below, or implemented the following new actions to address this objective as indicated below:5 courts (1st Circuit, 2nd Circuit, 3rd Circuit, 4th Circuit, 5th Circuit)
Did not address this objective0
Provided guidance to district clerks of court on preparing clear, accurate, timely and complete appellate records5 courts (1st Circuit, 2nd Circuit, 3rd Circuit, 4th Circuit, 5th Circuit)
Provided guidance to district courts on error correction and new areas of the law5 courts (1st Circuit, 2nd Circuit, 3rd Circuit, 4th Circuit, 5th Circuit)

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