Title

Work Allocation In Australian Courts: Court Staff And The Judiciary

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Lawbook Co.

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

School

School of Law and Justice /Sellenger Centre for Research in Law, Justice and Social Change

RAS ID

18145

Comments

This article was originally published as: Wallace, A. M., Mack, K., & Roach Anleu, S. (2014). Work Allocation in Australian Courts: Court Staff and the Judiciary. The Sydney Law Review, 36(4), 669-694. Original article available here

Abstract

This article examines the statutory basis of judicial workload allocation, before turning to empirical research findings to investigate the functions performed by the judiciary and the court staff in allocating work. The ultimate responsibility for allocating work in a court rests with the chief judicial officer, either as a specific statutory responsibility or as part of their general responsibility to manage the court. In practice, other judicial officers and court personnel are involved in work allocation. This article reports on findings from extensive empirical research examining the processes of work organisation in Australian courts. This research has identified the centrality of court officials, as well as the responsible judicial officer, in allocating work. This may include allocating cases to courts or lists; assigning judicial officers to courts or lists; or, in some circumstances, allocating specific cases to judicial officers. This process of workload allocation requires these court officials to exercise considerable skill in balancing key principles and values of judicial work organisation, including efficiency, fairness, neutral case allocation, and judicial independence.

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