Study on Pre-Hearing Conferences

Study on Pre-Hearing Conferences

in 2008, the Nebraska Court Improvement Project conducted an informal study of the impact of initial Pre-Hearing Conferences (PHCs) on case progression timelines.  The purpose of the study was to determine if the use of PHCs reduces the time to adjudication, disposition and permanency.  Case progression data was collected from two types of court cases: those that were identified as having had PHCs and a random sample of cases that had not utilized PHCs.  These latter cases were typically within a year before the county initiated PHCs.

The counties involved in the study were Adams, Clay, Dawson, Fillmore, Madison, Nuckolls, Seward, Webster and Scottsbluff.


For more information about Pre-Hearing Conferences, go to the Mediation and Facilitation webpage | Click here to view results of the study