2019 CourtFutures Top Trends to Watch

CourtFutures: The Next Ten Years By Phillip Knox and Peter C. Kiefer The Surveys We have summarized the best thinking of nearly 1,400[1] court professionals who have looked at 186 different scenarios of possible futures.  This report highlights the 2019 assessments focusing on the responses by age cohort compared to the overall group. Eight surveys … Continue reading 2019 CourtFutures Top Trends to Watch

Facing the Impacts of Mental Illness- Promising Practices

The Future of the Courts: The Next 10 Years Phillip Knox and Peter C. Kiefer Contributing Factors & Impacts of Mental Health Issues in the Criminal Justice System There are enormous societal and economic costs of warehousing mentally ill offenders in our jails and prisons. Several criminal justice jurisdictions have not quite reached consideration of … Continue reading Facing the Impacts of Mental Illness- Promising Practices

Workplace Civility — How is Your Court Doing?

September 30, 2019 news headline: “Kansas federal judge reprimanded for sexual misconduct.”[1] The Judicial Council of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued the public reprimand (the most severe sanction it could impose) after an extensive investigation of employee complaints. Closer to home, a local court administrator was terminated recently after many years of inappropriate … Continue reading Workplace Civility — How is Your Court Doing?

What are Generation X and Millennials Saying About the Workplace? Three Perspectives

The Pew Research Center estimates that right now there are more Millennials than Baby Boomers in America.  By 2030 Millennials and Gen Zs will make up 75% of the workforce.  A Gallup Poll found that 21% of Millennials had changed jobs within the last year, that’s three times more than other generations.   On top of … Continue reading What are Generation X and Millennials Saying About the Workplace? Three Perspectives

Suddenly He Was There: Is Your Court Prepared for a Shooting Tragedy?

Court Leader's Advantage Podcast: September 2019 Episode Shooting incidents are becoming a scourge on the American landscape and courthouses are certainly not immune.  An incident can last only seconds but the trauma to court staff and the unsuspecting public can live on and on.  If a calamity occurs, we face the triple challenge: emergency decisions … Continue reading Suddenly He Was There: Is Your Court Prepared for a Shooting Tragedy?

The Network’s On the Phone: Pulling Back the Curtain on High Profile Trials

Court Leader's Advantage Podcast: August 2019 Episode From O.J. Simpson, to Trayvon Martin and Casey Anthony, we have become used to the media targeting trials and turning them into spectacles.  Many in the public see them as entertainment; often they become a lightning rod for political controversy.  All the while jurors must be protected and … Continue reading The Network’s On the Phone: Pulling Back the Curtain on High Profile Trials

Fulfilling the Public’s Trust: Accountability

Like all governmental institutions, courts are accountable to the public they serve for their performance. What is accountability? It is being responsible for the fulfillment of obligations and being called to account for actions in the discharge of duties. The work courts do to fulfill the public's high expectations in the delivery of justice is the key to public trust and confidence in the courts.