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Both court culture and performance are complex because each one is an attempt to provide a comprehensive look at the full range of court activities. Just as court culture is an effort to define the source of virtually all aspects of criminal and civil court operations, performance is a method to define and assess the most important actions that a court can take. This topic attempts to address the nature and significance of each separate idea, and then attempts to synthesize and suggest how the two might be unified more closely in the future.
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This article highlights essential aspects of a recent publication by the National Center for State Courts, Achieving High Performance: A Framework for Courts. The objective is to summarize the Framework's concepts, identify their practical significance for judges and administrators, and connect the Framework to the larger, continuing trend of court reform.
Tough budgetary times mean lower morale at the courthouse. What can judges do to improve staff morale and, thus, the administration of justice?
Court culture warrants attention to ensure administrative practices are aligned with the shared values and beliefs judges and managers have about the way work gets done. Ignoring culture undermines reform efforts by unnecessarily risking indifference and resistance to new practices.
This article serves to outline some of the issues associated with delay in Italian courts and to consider whether American courts' solutions for delay might be helpful for Italian courts and in countries with similar problems.
This interview with three court administration leaders, Alexander B. Aikman, Geoff Gallas, and Russell Wheeler, reviews the accomplishments of court reform since Roscoe Pound's speech launched the court reform movement.
This issue of Caseload Highlights demonstrates how the theory and measurement of court culture provides a coherent framework and a concrete basis to describe the ways courts conduct business and how their cultural work orientations are related to variations in performance.
Report examines the pace of civil and criminal litigation in state trial courts of general jurisdiction.
First chapter in the book Trial Courts as Organizations (Brian J. Ostrom et al., Temple University Press). Briefly explains that courts cannot successfully administer justice if the management culture is not strong. Court personnel must work well together in order to perform their jobs more efficiently. Find an excerpt in the link.
This is a "critical review of extensive literature dealing with the pervasive and long-standing problem of pretrial delay in American trial courts" . . . written as a preliminary stage in a major research and demonstration project on trial court delay.