Law Courts Needs Analysis Model, BC

By: Matrix Planning Associates  09-12-2011

Law Courts Needs Analysis Model, BC
BC Ministry of Attorney General

We developed a method for forecasting the demand for courts services and facilities. We worked closely with an advisory committee, a larger group of resource persons as well as existing management structures. Our work entailed the identification of factors affecting demand, including major policy options. The model we designed linked population to caseload and court time to yield estimates of requirements for courtrooms and personnel. The model was applied using data from all regions in the province. The model and initial application was completed in 1993. In 1998, we updated the model and studied the impact of specific policy proposals. We completed another update and a high-level review of the factors affecting demand in 2005. The most recent refinement and update was based on data to 2009. Completed in 2011.

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