Court Management


Discusses the responsibilities and staffing of the AOC offices, which exercise control over the courts in their states, as well as their structure, jurisdiction, and funding.

Caseflow Management

Shows how the coordination of court processes and resources can move cases in a timely fashion from filing to disposition through differentiated case management, case-processing time standards, and other techniques. 

Commercial Driving Resources

The Commercial Driving Resource Center assists in reducing the number of crashes and fatalities involving commercial vehicles by increasing outreach to the court community so that cases involving CDL holders and operators can be properly adjudicated and timely notifications made to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Court Culture

Focuses on unifying two critically important concepts--culture and performance--into a common framework for studying and implementing court policy.

Court Reporting

Examines court recording/reporting and the various methods used, such as audio, video, and digital recording; computer-aided transcription; speech recognition; and non-electronic methods.

Court Unification

Discusses court "unification" and the centralization of administrative authority and rulemaking powers, unitary budgeting, state (vs. local) funding of trial courts, and trial court consolidation.

Inherent Powers

Discusses how inherent powers support judicial independence in four major areas of application: separation of powers, court governance, implementation of the adjudicative function, and logistical support.

Interbranch Relations

Examines how courts interact with other governmental bodies at the federal, state, and local levels and discusses strategies for cultivating better relationships.

Leadership/Change Management

Examines how understanding the different functions and qualities of leaders and managers, and how to choose and cultivate individuals for those roles, is essential to the effective operation of the state courts.

Opioids and the Courts

The devastating effect of opioid use in many U.S. communities is evident on court dockets across the country on a daily basis. Courts must play an active role in providing solutions to this deadly epidemic.

Performance Measurement

Features information on various tools for performance measurement and their application to the courts; performance standards for trial, appellate, and limited-jurisdiction courts; and implementation and uses for performance measurement in the courts.

Rulemaking/Administrative Orders

Discusses significant issues about rulemaking in courts, such as whether the judicial or the legislative branch should have ultimate authority over rulemaking; to what extent rulemaking should be centralized or local; and how open/accountable judicial rulemaking should be to the public.

Strategic Planning

Features resources courts can use to prepare for the future, including materials on visioning, environmental scanning, futures thinking, strategic planning, focus groups, public hearings, mission statements, outreach, collaboration, and education.

Workload and Resource Assessment

Examines how courts should go about determining the adequacy of judicial and staff resources based on both the quantity and the complexity of cases.