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A prerequisite for enhancing court performance and administration includes consideration of future court circumstances, responsibilities, and goals. Seeking ways to adapt management practices in a changing environment is essential for court planning.
Links to related online resources are listed below. Non-digitized publications may
be borrowed from the NCSC Library; call numbers are provided.
(2018). Knowledge and Information Services. To help courts think proactively about the future, the National Center for State Courts examined five trends and potential disrupters across the spectrum of technology, politics, economics, and social demographics based on their potential to impact or disrupt society and the court community.
In a financial crisis, the need to prioritize takes on increased urgency because essential services must be maintained despite diminished resources. The current financial crisis then provides an opportunity to examine court services, define those that are most essential, streamline or even eliminate services that are
not the highest priority, and reengineer those court processes which remain.
One of the most pressing issues facing the courts is how to approach "the future." Three prominent futurists join three court professionals in a moderated "blog" about the status of futures studies in the courts.
Critical trends shaping the courts in the next decade.
This publication discusses inefficiencies within the Lancaster County court system and steps that can be taken to correct them.
This article discusses some possible implications and suggest ways in which courts might be reorganized to concentrate dwindling court resources on those functions constituting the core and constitutional mission of the state and local courts.
This article discusses how the staff of Oregon's state courts strives and have succeeded to fulfill their mission to provide fair and accessible justice services that protect the rights of individuals, preserve community welfare, and maintain the public's confidence in their justice system. how courts have been outsourcing for years and will likely do more of it in the future to hold costs down and improve service.
This article discusses how states, local governments, and trial courts around the nation are using strategic planning as a tool to identify and better manage their core missions during these difficult fiscal times.
This report presents information intended to help state courts improve their capacities for conducting visioning and strategic planning activities and attempts to relates its review of the concepts to actual court futures efforts, the intent being to discern some lessons from their experiences.
An analysis of how Orleans Parish must reform its overcrowded juvenile courts. This report includes articles on fairness and racial bias, problems which these courts constantly face. Charts and articles are provided towards the end which discuss possible solutions to the multitude of problems faced by Orleans Parish.