Every country in the world has a court system presided over by the judiciary. Lean and Six Sigma can play a role in improving the quality of the courts and the associated legal system. We’ll look at several applications and finish with a video talk of the dangers of using predictive algorithms in criminal justice.


Lean, Six Sigma, and 5S in Irish Court Services: Ireland

In an article titled “Creating a culture of order and cleanliness at Irish Court Services” authors Salil Kalghatgi and Dan Bumblauskas discuss the application of Lean, Six Sigma and 5S to improve the operations and efficiency of the Irish Court Services.

The article includes 5S applications in:

  • The Filing Room: Document Storage and Retention
  • Pigeon Holes: Cases on Deck

The authors conclude with “Empowering staff with Six Sigma, Lean, and statistical perspectives provides that staff with the ability to methodically and continuously improve their organizational operations.”

You can read the article here.


A Guide to a Lean Justice System

In a paper titled “A Lawyers Guide to a Lean Justice System and Proportional Discovery,” author Patrick Oot discusses Lean Six Sigma in the judicial system environment.


 “Legal process improvements benefit not only the traditional client and hired-firm but the U.S. civil justice system as a whole”


Click on the following link to download a copy of the paper.


Legal Process Improvement Through Lean

In a paper titled “Legal Process Improvement through Lean: Bringing the best of business to the world of law” author Lourdes M. Fuentes Slater makes the case for using Lean in the practice of law and where to use it.

The paper includes:

  • The Business Case for Lean in Law
  • Applying Lean to Legal Processes

You can read the paper here.


Continuous Improvement in the Vermont Judiciary: USA-Vermont

An example Job Description from Vermont Judiciary for Business Process Analyst stresses the importance of Lean and Six Sigma experience.

Copy and paste the following link into your browser to access the job description.


Predictive Algorithms in the Criminal Justice System

Learn the danger of using predictive algorithms in criminal justice in this talk by Hany Farid.

You can view the video of his talk here.




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