Write 400â€“600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.
The objective of this assignment is to enable you to demonstrate your understanding of how the increases and/or changes in court workloads are impacting the offices that are responsible for court management. It has been said (e.g., by Walter Olson in a 1991 book titled The Litigation Explosion) that there has been a â€œlitigation explosionâ€ in the courts, at both the trial and appellate levels. Respond to the following questions in an essay:
- What does it mean that there is a â€œlitigation explosion,â€ and is this accurate? (Be sure to address both trial and appellate levels.)
- Are more cases being settled before coming to trial through a variety of mechanisms (e.g., plea bargaining, out-of-court settlement, mediation, arbitration)?
- How does this “explosion” or the changes to how disputes are resolved affect court administrators?