Case Study - Hamilton County Judges Essay example

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Hamilton County Judges
Report Created by:
Crystal Dodd
Section 009

Hamilton County judges try thousands of cases per year. In an overwhelming majority of the cases disposed, the verdict stands as rendered. However, some cases are appealed, and of those appealed, some of the cases are reversed. Over a three year period, 182,908 cases were handled by 38 judges in the Common Pleas Court, Domestic Relations Court, and Municipal Court. Two of the judges, Dinkelacker and Hogan, did not serve in the same court for the entire three year period. The purpose of this report is so that we can evaluate the performance of the judges. Appeals are often the result of mistakes made by judges, and we want to know which judges were doing a good
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Next, I will find and discuss the probability of appeals and the probability of reversals in each of the three courts over the three year period. I found the probability of appeal by dividing the number of appealed cases in each court by the total number of cases disposed in that court. Then, by multiplying that number by 100, I know the percentage of cases appealed in that court. To find the probability of reversal, I divided the number of cases that were reversed in each court by the total number of cases appealed (since a case has to be appealed before it can be reversed). Then by multiplying that number by 100, I know the percentage of cases that were reversed in that court. Below, I will include tables to show the probability of appeal and reversal in the courts using the methods that I described above.
Common Pleas Court:
Total Cases:
43945

Appealed
Reversed
Total
1762
199
Probablilty
0.040095574
0.112939841
Percentage
4.009557401
11.29398411

The above table shows the probability of cases being appealed and reversed in the Common Pleas Courts. Out of 43,945 cases, 1,762 of them were appealed. By taking the total number of appealed cases and dividing that by the total number of cases disposed in the court, then I get the probability of appeal. In this case, the probability of appeal is 0.04009. I

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