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The Art and Practice of Court Administration

1st Edition

By Alexander B. Aikman

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484 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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The Art and Practice of Court Administration explores the context in which court administration is practiced and identifiesthe qualities and skills court administrators need.

Divided into two major parts, part one covers the history of the field

and how courts are organized, environmental conditions in which court administration is practiced, special impact on courts of the elected clerk of court, prosecutor, and the sheriff, the judge’s administrative roles, as well as how a judge’s judicial and administrative roles work with management. The second part reviews a new approach for setting and adjusting priorities among the multiple functions courts perform—the Hierarchy of Court Administration. It defines priorities, analyzes court roles that establish mission critical functions, and sets an agenda for advancing courts throughout this century.

Thorough and complete, The Art and Practice of Court Administration details how courts operate, the court administrator’s position and responsibilities, and approachestoissues and problems.

Reviews

“…discuss the sensitive issue of court reporters, technological obsolescence, and the highly unusual economic arrangement they enjoy in so many court systems. He also discusses how courtroom staff can develop direct relationships with judges, giving them grater influence and status that their place on the organizational chart might otherwise indicates. … The Art & Practice is so broad, comprehensive, and well-informed … discusses the need for more flexible, creative courthouse design in the future … strikes a perfect balance between a serious, well researched, rigorous discussion of the field of court administration while at the same time writing in an accessible tone that makes the book a pleasure to read. …”

— In National Association for Court Management, May 2007

“… discuss the sensitive issue of court reporters, technological obsolescence, and the highly unusual economic arrangement they enjoy in so many court systems. He also discusses how courtroom staff can develop direct relationships with judges, giving them grater influence and status that their place on the organizational chart might otherwise indicates. … The Art & Practice is so broad, comprehensive, and well-informed … discusses the need for more flexible, creative courthouse design in the future … strikes a perfect balance between a serious, well researched, rigorous discussion of the field of court administration while at the same time writing in an accessible tone that makes the book a pleasure to read. …”

—In Court Communique, Vol. 8, Issue 2, 2007

“ … Aikman strikes a perfect balance between a serious, well-researched, rigorous discussion of the field of court administration while at the same time writing in an accessible tone that makes the book a pleasure to read.”

—Karl Thoennes, Court Administrator for the 2nd Judicial Circuit, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA,  www.courtethics.org

"I think this book will fill a gap in the literature now available for those trying to develop a more complete sense of court administration and the court administrator role.”

— Dr. John Hudzik, Vice President, Global Engagement and Strategic Projects, Michigan State University

"…it is simply wonderful. … It is the detailed enumeration of the duties, responsibilities and challenges of trial court administrators and their relations with their varied audiences and environments that make [this] book so outstanding.”

— Ed McConnell, President (retired), National Center for State Courts and retired State Court Administrator, New Jersey

“I like both the content and the flow. … [This book] is a work that will serve to define the field for generations to come. … [Aikman has] shown the broadest possible insight into the levels of skill and effort needed to establish a new level of court administration.”

— Ernie Friesen, Consultant and trainer in court administration, retired Professor of Law, Cal-Western School of Law, San Diego, California, and former Executive Director, Institute of Court Management

Table of Contents

Introduction

Judicial Administration and Court Administration

Court Administration and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Structure of This Book

THE CONTEXT FOR COURT ADMINISTRATION

An Historical Context

The Pioneers

Critical Nurturing and Facilitating Organizations

Context Associated with Court Organization, Vocabulary, and Filings

Current Organizational Constructs For Handling Caseload

Across the States

A Common Vocabulary

Alternatives to Current Trial Court Structure

Caseloads in State and Federal Courts

The Environmental Context: Social and Political Factors

Courts in Our Government Structure: Separation of Powers, Checks and Balances, and Court Administration

Courts in Society

Funding and Its Influence on Court Administration

The Environmental Context: Clerks of Court, Prosecutors, and Sheriffs

Clerk of Court

The Prosecutor

The Sheriff

The Environmental Context: Working With Trial Court Judges

Election, Tenure, and Removal of Judges

Judges as Professionals and Managers

The Different Perspectives of Judges and Administrators

The Independence of Trial Judges

The Chief Judge–Administrator Team

The Administrator and the Bench

The Relationship between Participation on Statewide Committees and Court Administration

The “Elbow” Staff of Judges

THE ART OF PRACTICING COURT ADMINISTRATION

On Being a Court Administrator

Nature of the Position

Court Administrators’ Skills and Qualities

The Need for Leaders in Court Administration

The Hiring Process for Court Administrators

Introduction to the Hierarchy of Court Administration

Constitutional and Statutory Mandates

The Hierarchy of Court Administration Explained

Adjudicative and Administrative Imperatives

Hierarchy of Court Administration: Mission-Critical Needs

Maslow’s Hierarchy and the Hierarchy of Court Administration

Mission-Critical Functions Explained

 

Hierarchy of Court Administration: Security and Continuity of Operations

Maslow’s Hierarchy and the Hierarchy of Court Administration

Security

Continuity of Business Operations

Hierarchy of Court Administration: External Relationships

Maslow’s Hierarchy and the Hierarchy of Court Administration

Relationships Based on Law

Relationships Based on Structure and Funding Sources

Attorneys, Bar Associations, and Others Who Participate in Litigation

Broader Societal Relationships

Hierarchy of Court Administration: Proactive Management

Maslow’s Hierarchy and the Hierarchy of Court Administration

One Trial Court at a Time

Outputs, Not Inputs

Evaluating Programs and Projects

Assuring Data Quality and Using Data to Determine Management

Decisions

Planning, Mission and Vision Statements, and Environmental Scanning

Identifying and Adopting Best Practices from Other Courts

Problem-Solving Courts

Refining Caseflow Management

Improving the Jury Experience

Embracing Technology and Finding New Ways to Benefit From It

Inducing and Managing Change

Attracting and Retaining Staff

Assuring Access

Interaction with the Community

Working with and Supporting Stakeholder Organizations

Maintaining and Adapting Facilities

Hierarchy of Court Administration: Leadership Organization

Maslow’s Hierarchy and the Hierarchy of Court Administration

Qualities of Leadership Organizations

Concluding Thoughts

Bibliography

Index

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General