Visioning and Strategic Planning

Court Purposes, Environment and Processes

Curriculum Guideline One

Visioning and Strategic Planning require understanding of the purposes of courts and how court management delivers on the American promise of equal justice under law, due process, and judicial independence and impartiality.  Visioning and Strategic Planning help court leaders and their justice and community partners ensure that the future of the courts and the justice system matches their enduring purposes and responsibilities.  Their plans take into account alternative and current court jurisdiction, structure, and performance; case processing; and the types and numbers of cases being processed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Purposes and Responsibilities of Courts Curriculum Guidelines and their implications for Visioning and Strategic Planning;

  • Knowledge of the Trial Court Performance Standards: 1) access to justice; 2) expedition and timeliness; 3) equality, fairness, and integrity; 4) independence and accountability; and 5) public trust and confidence and how they help define the ends to be served by Visioning and Strategic Planning;

  • Knowledge of fundamental court system values such as: 1) access; 2) fairness and impartiality; 3) judicial independence; 4) responsiveness; 5) accountability; 6) effectiveness; and 7) accessibility;

  • Skill in linking the concepts of due process of law and equal protection and independence and impartiality to visioning and strategic planning;

  • Ability to draw upon the inherent powers of the court and the authority it provides for the court to take charge of its future;

  • Ability to take account of the culture of the judiciary and the political, fiscal, and organizational environment in which the court system and its constituent courts are imbedded;

  • Knowledge of the jurisdiction, structure, and management of court systems and courts and how they impact court visioning and strategic planning;

  • Knowledge of limited and general jurisdiction courts, intermediate courts of appeal, and supreme courts, their day-to-day management, and how their distinct responsibilities shape visioning and strategic planning;

  • Ability to carry out visioning and strategic planning in ways that are relevant to how courts actually function, their fundamental work processes, and all case types.

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