The impact of court delays on the prosecutor and the defendant: an economic analysis

Torre, Andrew 2003, The impact of court delays on the prosecutor and the defendant: an economic analysis, European journal of law and economics, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 91-111.

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Title The impact of court delays on the prosecutor and the defendant: an economic analysis
Author(s) Torre, Andrew
Journal name European journal of law and economics
Volume number 16
Issue number 1
Start page 91
End page 111
Publisher Kluwer Academic Publishers
Place of publication Boston, Mass.
Publication date 2003-07
ISSN 0929-1261
1572-9990
Keyword(s) risk
joint optimal trial waits
flexibility option curve
Summary One important aspect of the economic theory of criminal court delay is to understand how the prosecutor and the defendant make their decisions, and how these respond to changes in trial delay. If both parties jointly maximise expected utility, trial delay may increase or decrease the number of trials, depending upon the decision makers' attitudes towards risk. The main policy implication is that providing the criminal courts with more resources in the form of additional judges and court capacity may lengthen the trial queue rather than shorten it. This is a counterintuitive result contrary to popular belief.
Notes JEL Classification: K41
Language eng
Field of Research 140104 Microeconomic Theory
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001960

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
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