This document, published in February 1998 by the National Center for Juvenile Justice, offers an interim assessment of the Pima County Model Court Project in (Tucson) Arizona. According to the introduction, 'This report examines the first eight months of this pilot effort and provides an assessment of the degree to which court proceedings in child abuse, neglect and dependency cases (herein referred to as dependency cases) have improved; describes how the model court pilot effort is viewed by the various participants to these proceedings; and offers some preliminary estimates of the increased resources that will be needed to sustain this effort and to expand it to all dependency cases heard by the court.' Sections of this document discuss the following topics: background and overview of the Pima County Model Court Project; overview of model court case processing; the impact of model court in Pima County; an analysis of model court data; time allocation estimates for caseworkers and prosecutors; project findings and recommendations; and foster care review board statistics.
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