James G. France


Early in 1969, under a grant from the Knight Foundation, measurement of delay in litigation in six northeastern Ohio counties was undertaken by a study group from University of Akron School of Law. A year later the group reported its findings as to delay in the civil jury, criminal and appellate fields in a 200-page report: Order In The Courts.

The study could show only how long it took each of the six different common pleas courts, with widely varying population loads, with differing internal organization, age and experience of judges and amount of staff support, to dispose of groups of similarly selected tort jury, criminal and miscellaneous non-domestic relations cases. The time taken by the most expeditious court in each group of cases and for each stage in case processing was regarded as the reasonably attainable goal, and delay was reckoned as the excess time taken by the other five courts involved in the study.

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