CEPEJ court coaching
programme: survey concerning lawyers and notaries, District Court of Linz, Austria (2011) [de]
Special mention at the Crystal Scales of Justice 2010 Prize for the
initiative "Promoting safer driving", by the Regional Court of Linz and
FMG Amor (Austrian Mobility Research), Austria (2010)
1. Calculating the amount of judges needed to handle the workload –
After the system of calculating the amount of judges needed to handle the workload ("PAR" = Personalanforderungsrechnung) in first instance run out of trim after more than 10 years of usage, a new system will be set up. The project has been launched recently preparing a concept of implementation to end of July. Beginning next year we will measure the work of judges from reading the documents, doing the hearing, handle the file up to drafting and signing the verdict. After that average time-frames per case types will be calculated. Based on that the amount of judges per court can be (re-)defined. The method of research and calculation will be similar to that applied in Germany, even to get more comparable figures.
The project is accompanied by a well known international private consultant company. It will be finished in 3rd quarter of 2008.
2. Redesign of system of criminal statistics
A working group has been set up to redesign the system of criminal statistics. Implementing the reform of preliminary criminal procedure at the beginning of 2008 the link of data from the police-sector to the courts will be set up. Based on that, new analysis of criminal statistics will be considered, serving the needs of court management and the politicians. The project will be supported by the Austrian Institute of law and criminal sociology. The recommendations and guidelines of CEPEJ will be kept in mind.
Austria is reorganizing its system of calculating the amount of
personnel needed to handle the workload. Therefore it is also necessary
to redesign the Austrian court statistics. A data-warehouse is
established in 2008. Out of this new basis statistical data will be
extracted in new standardized reports. Especially the work of GT-EVAL
and GT-QUAL of CEPEJ is considered in that context.