Socially optimal criminal court waiting times : a partial investigation

Torre, Andrew 2008, Socially optimal criminal court waiting times : a partial investigation, Australian economic papers, vol. 47, no. 1, pp. 115-128.

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Title Socially optimal criminal court waiting times : a partial investigation
Author(s) Torre, Andrew
Journal name Australian economic papers
Volume number 47
Issue number 1
Start page 115
End page 128
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publication date 2008-03
ISSN 0004-900X
1467-8454
Summary Criminal courts provide a forum for conducting prosecutions with a guilty plea or a trial. Since queues are used as the basis for rationing scarce court facilities delays are inevitable, however courts are invariably criticised as being inefficient as a consequence. This focus on court delay defined as the time elapsing between the listing of the case in the court list and its final disposition is misleading. Rather, attention should be drawn to the considerably longer period between the initiation of proceedings and the conclusion of the case. In the case of defendants not granted bail, this pre-trial delay confers both costs and benefits on society and this observation can be used to ascertain socially optimal pre-trial waits.
Language eng
Field of Research 140299 Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, University of Adelaide and Flinders University and Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017090

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Collection: School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
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