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Optimizing the planning strategy of the judiciary using Approximate Dynamic Programming : A case study for commercial and administrative law within the teams of Overijssel and Rotterdam

Kuin, I.C.H. (2020) Optimizing the planning strategy of the judiciary using Approximate Dynamic Programming : A case study for commercial and administrative law within the teams of Overijssel and Rotterdam.

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Abstract:In this study, we propose a method to develop a planning strategy for the planning of cases within the judiciary, within commercial law. For these cases, we schedule the hearing as well as the preparation of the hearing and the writing of the verdict, taking into account stochastic elements in the arrival of the cases as well as their duration. Our method is developed in an Approximate Dynamic Programming (ADP) framework that makes use of post-decision states and a rolling horizon. In this strategy we take into account the availability of the judges and legal assistants, as well as the specialisms and difficulties they can handle. Besides, we schedule one fold cases (that only need one judge) as well as multiple cases (for which three judges have to be scheduled). The results show that we are able to find solutions within a reasonable time for a toy-sized problem instance. Moreover, the results indicate that we are able to find better solutions using our planning strategy compared to a myopic policy. The results have been verified using our own data and therefore, the algorithm needs to be revised when the Rechtspraak can deliver adequate data, mainly on the duration of the preparation of a hearing and writing of the verdict. What is more, increasing the efficiency of the implementation of the algorithm such that larger problem instances can be solved, remains a topic for further research.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
Rechtspraak, Netherlands
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:31 mathematics
Programme:Applied Mathematics MSc (60348)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/85357
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