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Judges should be evaluated for their case management abilities

Case management should be considered as a vital part of judicial training - rather than ''just an add-on'' - according to research commissioned by the Lord Chancellor''s Department (LCD).

22 April 2002

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Judges should
be evaluated for their case management
abilities

Case
management should be considered as a vital part of judicial training - rather
than 'just an add-on' - according to research commissioned by the Lord
Chancellor's Department (LCD).

The
report on judicial case management, published last week, said that as judges do
not have the opportunity to watch each other's case management practice in
court, feedback and discussion about methods should be encouraged.
It said informal peer review by one another
might be a method of evaluation that judges would accept, as it allayed concerns
about their independence being undermined.

An LCD spokeswoman said the report is being considered.

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