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The subject of today's hearing is judicial efficiency and improvement. The problem of court congestion and delay continues to concern all of us interested in our State's courts. Over the past several years, numerous studies and proposals aimed at improving our judicial system have been suggested, yet there continues to be a strongly held belief by some people that our courts need to be more efficient and that the judicial system moves too slowly. As part of the Assembly Judiciary Committee's effort to get an overview of the nature of court congestion and delay, the Committee has invited parties and organizations rested in the courts to identify and discuss the causes of the problem and to suggest specific proposals to improve our judicial system. The Committee has asked these interested parties to present their views on how the Legislature can assist resolving problems facing our courts. The Committee will then review proposals presented and take whatever action may be appropriate.

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