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Implementing the Call to Action of the Summit on Improving Judicial Selection
Implicit Bias: A Primer for Courts
While the role of a judge is to ensure that individuals receive prompt and impartial hearings, they likewise are responsible for a variety of administrative functions required for the smooth management of cases necessary to maintain and uphold the courts. Judicial administration requires not only legal expertise, but knowledge of how the court system functions, as well as procedural and managerial techniques that ensure a speedy and efficient court system.
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Presentation from the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the National Court Technology Conference. Compares the use of technology in the courtroom today with the use of technology in the courtroom in the year 2020.
In Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of CCJ.
In 2012, the York County Court Administrator's Office will undergo significant turnover as several long-serving and key personnel, including the Court Administrator, retire. As part of the transition process, the Court of Common Pleas not only needs to develop a management structure that supports essential functions and provides for a backup system at the management and operational level, but also needs to address concerns such as limited court space and consumer demand for automated processes.
Courts nationwide are making do with fewer resources even in the face of rising caseloads. A set of principles is needed to guide the courts as they restructure their operations in the face of budget challenges.
These are practical operational principles that are intended to assist chief justices and state court administrators-as well as presiding judges and trial court administrators in locally funded jurisdictions-as they address the long-term budget shortfalls and the inevitable restructuring of court services.
The time to disposition standards set forth in this document, based on a review of the experience of state courts, are intended to establish a reasonable set of expectations for the courts, for lawyers, and for the public.
This study evaluates strategic explanations for citations to non-authoritative sources by judges by examining the citation of law review articles by U.S. courts of Appeals judges.
This article examines the claim that the political attitudes of the justices on the Supreme Courthas a significant impact on many outcomes adopted by the court.
This article explores the use of network analysis to examine the organizational linkages and structure of trial courts. After reviewing the literature on trial courts and recent cxourt reforms, the authors make a case for the utility of this methodological approach.
Can courts have both judicial independence and effective court administration? This articles discusses how a collegial approach might be the best way to resolve this "conflict."
NCSC memorandum on Judicial Assignment.
This report was created to review the operation of the Justice of the Peace Courts, review the operation and function of constables, review security at civil courts, and assess the current methods used for assigning civil court staff.
This report addresses the caseflow management needs of the Hennepin County court system.
This report for the State of Delaware Justice of the Peace Court analyzes the workflow of the Court's Voluntary Assessment Center, reviews the organizational structure and services provided by the Administrative Office of the Justice of the Peace Court, and assesses the current methods used for assigning staff in the court system.
For one judge to hear a particular family law case from start to finish is advantageous because it concentrates all the information in one person, and reduces the changes of inconsistencies.
The National Center for State Courts and State Justice Institute. This report is a first-of-its-kind resource for judges, mentors, educators, and state court leaders who support and seek to enhance their state systems of judicial professional development. It provides information about the general types of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics that judges themselves believe are important to judicial excellence, as well as recommended strategies to support professional growth.
The information contained in this guidebook has been assembled to provide helpful information to those considering a judicial career and as a training resource.
This benchbook refers to the most recent major revision of the ICJ first published as model legislation by the Council of State Governments (CSG) in 2004 and now in effect in 46 jurisdictions as a replacement for the 1955 compact. The Revised ICJ contains transition provisions to manage the relationship between states that continue to operate under the 1955 ICJ and those that have adopted the Revised ICJ.
The Academy of Court-Appointed Masters (ACAM) has developed the ACAM Bench Book to illustrate how to use masters and other judicial adjuncts to effectively and efficiently handle legal matters.
The Judicial Education Center provides benchbooks on various subjects, including domestic violence, DWI, and magistrate and municipal courts.
Rozier E. Sanchez Judicial Education Center of New Mexico
The New Mexico Municipal Court Manual provides magistrate and metropolital court judges with the information they need to perform their judicial duties. The benchbook is essentially a procedures manual rather than a treatise on the law and is intended to provide a general explanation of the law and procedure.
This case study provides a road map for state court systems throughout the country illustrating how judicial leaders can take steps to establish an effective governance model that enables the delivery of justice in accordance with the Principles for Judicial Administration.
This article outlines the premise and promise of a global initiative to help judicial systems and judicial education institutions provide court executive education, training, and professional development for judges and non-judge managers of courts.
Distance learning has become more commonplace in the courts, even though most education is still done in traditional classroom settings. The trend in many states is toward a blended approach, using a variety of education methods, both distance and traditional, to achieve better, more cost-effective results.
Every year, state judicial systems face an increasingly diverse population grappling with a rapidly expanding and ever-evolving body of law. Our system races to incorporate new technology to provide the instant service the public increasingly expects while state budgets continue to decrease.
This article discusses how distance learning is becoming more and more prominent as budgetary cutbacks and technological innovations has required judicial educators to rethink and reengineer how they deliver education.
This article discusses how Arizona courts have used "Judicial Formation" to better prepare new judges for their work. Content of the sessions included Personal Growth, Inspiration, Cultural Competency, Listening and Emotional Intelligence, The View from the Eyes of the Presiding Judge and Wisdom from Retiring Judges
Nationwide, the future of judicial branch education is impacted by a series of significant factors which will dramatically impact state courts: 1) more than 50 percent of the workforce may retire within the next 3–5 years, draining institutional knowledge; 2) future generations will differ in their career expectations; and 3) budget constraints continue to hamper judicial branch educational efforts.
Judicial education has undergone significant changes, and as the field nears its 50th anniversary, revisiting the fundamental role of judicial education is as important today as ever. It is equally important to examine the emerging trends and ask what judicial education will look like at the end of the next fifty years.
The U.S. utilizes greater than 1,400 Administrative Law Judges (ALJ's) in at least 25 different agencies. The Government Accountability Office has released a report urging a close look at hiring and performance management processes applicable to ALJ's.
This book highlights the central panel system for administrative law judges in seven states and investigates how each state molded the panel system to suit its political and economic environment. (KF5417 .R5)
Chancery Court is a court of equity that hears such matters as constitutional issues, contract disputes, real property matters including sales, guardianships, conservatorships, workers compensation, emancipation of minors, and name changes.
This article highlights a case involving a Native American recreational site, which illustrates how special masters can be implemented into the judicial process successfully. The author details Chief Judge Lawrence L. Piersol’s use of a special master, provides other examples as to when a special master can be useful in the judicial system, and ways judges view special masters.