NCSC online resources for high performance courts

Becoming a High Performance Court
Ostrom, et al. Becoming a High Performance Court. The Court Manager 26:4 (2011).

Creating a New Generation of Courts  
Ostrom, et al. Creating a New Generation of Courts. Court Review. Vol 47 (2012).

The Pursuit of High Performance  
Hanson, et al. The Pursuit of High Performance. International Journal For Court Administration. (2010).

High Performance Court Framework
Ostrom, et al. The High Performance Court Framework. Future Trends in State Courts (2011).

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.


CourTools enables courts to collect and present evidence of their success in meeting the needs and expectations of customers. Basic indicators of court performance are a necessary ingredient of accountability in the administration of justice and effective governance of the third branch. Moreover, performance measures provide a structured means for courts to communicate this message to their partners in government.



Reengineering Projects  
NCSC's reengineering project guide allows courts to identify and develop the steps and processes they should take in order to succeed in their reengineering efforts. Courts should start by gathering the right people to the table and instilling in them a sense of urgency. They must then develop a set of Principles – administrative, governance, and essential functions – that become the lens through which decisions are made.  



Civil Justice Reform 
Hannaford-Agor, Paula, et al. Short, Summary & Expedited: The Evolution of Civil Jury Trials. National Center for State Courts (2012).

Are summary jury trials a viable forum for dispute resolution? The National Center for State Courts studied summary trials in six state courts to understand how these programs work and to determine the benefits and detriments of this approach to dispute resolution. 




Harvard Executive Session Papers
The Executive Sessions at the Harvard Kennedy School bring together individuals of independent standing who take joint responsibility for rethinking and improving society's responses to an issue.


Principles of Judicial Administration
This book is intended to serve as a unifying document for all principles. It is clear that these principles are interdependent. The first two sets of principles, which address governance and decision-making and case administration, are foundations that courts need in place to manage their resources efficiently and effectively.



Presiding Judges
Key Elements of an Effective Rule of Court on the Role of the Presiding Judge in the Trial Courts. National Center for State Courts (2006).

The Key Elements of an Effective Rule of Court on the Role of the Presiding Judge in the Trial Courts is an attempt to delineate the provisions that should be included in a state’s Rule of Court. The purpose of this document is to provide a basis from which judicial councils, presiding judges, and court administrators could work to strengthen the effectiveness of the executive team in court  management.



Judicial Performance Commissions
Judicial Performance Commissions provides a database of performance reviews for commissions for several states across the country.