Historically, with the exception of cases that qualify as Complex Business Litigation, case management techniques are customized to each judge’s specification and requirements in circuit civil cases. Division Judges have individual trial calendars, individual motion calendars, and special set hearing times. Case management and status conferences, pre-trial and For Want of Prosecution (FWOP) calendars all assist in docket control and case management processes. Traditional case management has been performed by judges, who examine the needs of cases one by one as each case is presented for consideration by the attorneys.
The Division is in the process of adopting a new vision. Forward-thinking case management acknowledges economic realities and the consequences of cost and delay on the civil docket. Time with a judge should produce momentum in a case therefore it is critical to make sure that each time a judge sees the case; it is in a position to move forward to the next stage. Four Division judges are participating in a Pilot Case Management project under a State Justice Initiative grant, following procedures recently recommended by the Conference of Chief Justices, the National Center for State Courts and the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System. These innovations are designed to meet the challenges of contemporary civil caseloads by taking advantage of modern technologies and highly trained court staff to provide effective oversight and timely intervention to move civil cases to resolution, supporting the work of the judge.
The goal is to develop a cost- and time-effective system by matching task to skill level. Case management from inception involves active policing of the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure deadlines, looking for necessary defaults, policing discovery and motions which were filed and not set, making sure that delays on either side of the case do not occur and as soon as a case was ready for resolution, it is set for trial. It is geared towards providing timely access to the court consistently as needed. The implementation of these essential case management techniques will equip judges with the resources needed to guide these civil cases through the appropriate court processes, resulting in timely and efficient disposition of cases.
The Division recognizes the need for courts to tailor case management to the needs of each case by outlining three distinct pathways for managing civil cases (streamlined, standard, and complex) and will advocate for the use of automation to assign cases to the appropriate pathway at filing and to monitor the appropriateness of that assignment through case resolution.
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