Judicial Economy

Definition - What does Judicial Economy mean?

Judicial economy is invoked to promote efficiency within the judicial system. It is a measure of a court system’s caseload and the judges available to preside over those cases.

American courts are notoriously overburdened, and many judges seek to encourage judicial economy by combining cases, scrutinizing causes of action, and encouraging plea deals.

Justipedia explains Judicial Economy

Judicial economy is a controversial topic. The court system costs money and this money is often provided by tax dollars. On the one hand, increasing taxes to hire more judges, build more courtrooms, and pay for day-to-day operations can be unpopular. On the other hand, some argue that justice should not be subject to a cost-benefit analysis. Overburdening the judicial system can result in oversights that lead to the conviction of innocent people and other disservices to justice.

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