As public servants we have an obligation to fulfill the trust placed in us by the public. This the first of ten intermittent posts sharing key professional values; the first value is "Public Service and Accessibility."
Traditionally, defendants convicted of a felony lost their right to vote, sit on a jury, and (in most states) possess a firearm. It was commonly thought that losing the right to vote was permanent. This perception can be seen even now in a recent New York Times article that focuses on the 6.2 million citizens … Continue reading The Future of Restoring Voting Rights for Ex-Felons: The Surprising Facts
Justice is the Merriam-Webster "Word of the Year." This highlights the importance of the work of the judicial branch of government in these trying times.
Caseflow management is the heart of court administration. Two recent publications do a great job of laying out the key principles and actions every court should take to achieve excellence in caseflow management.
The Setting A hot, muggy summer evening in 2010 leads 19-year old Peyton[i] to the home of a schoolmate. Adding bored friends to a summer weekend when parents are away at the Gulf, and the kids had the perfect ingredients for a party. Dozens of kids, many of whom Peyton has never seen before, arrive. … Continue reading A Fresh Start: What’s the Court’s Role?
The 2018 NACM annual conference was jam-packed with great education, concentrating on mindful behaviors, access to justice, and technology. Here is a summary of what I found worthwhile to share.
The U.S. has a national and many state court systems -- are there any differences between them for a court administrator? Yes, but remember that a court is a court anywhere!
This article illustrates select roles and actions of the presiding or chief judge and court administrator. Competencies from the National Association for Court Management (NACM) are used as a starting point for framing the roles. Court leaders, whether leadership (presiding or chief) judges or court managers, need to obtain and master certain competencies to be … Continue reading Roles and Actions of the Chief Judge and Court Administrator