Beginning with this posting, I am introducing a new series of materials on this site. The topic and postings are on caseflow management – one of the usual duties of a court leader.

In fact this is a subject that has been important to me in each and every one of my court positions – from my very first employment as a typist and calendar clerk in the courts to the present time when I teach for and consult in courts. I have promoted caseflow management best practices in general and limited jurisdiction courts and around the US and internationally when engaged for court improvement projects or problem solving.

The oversight of the flow and process of handling cases in our courts is what I call “the practice of simply paying attention!” Court leaders typically carry some level of responsibility for caseflow management. In this series, we examine elements of caseflow management. This issue gets us started with a definition of caseflow management and an introduction to proven caseflow techniques. It provides the groundwork for upcoming issues. In subsquent postings, each of the caseflow best practices will be covered, explained, and illustrated with practical examples from courts.

I am hoping you have a good journey reading these materials, and certainly welcome comments, reactions, ideas, and contributions on this topic. Going forward, may court leaders embrace proven caseflow techniques and seek to use them in an ongoing manner to support the movement and conclusion of cases filed at our courts – ultimately for the benefit of litigants and public trust in courts.

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