Caseflow Management

Leadership Teams and System-Wide Effectiveness

Curriculum Guideline Three

Court managers and the judge(s) in charge of the court (including the judges who head specialized court divisions) must work together to improve case processing and jointly lead the court and justice system.  Understanding that while caseflow management requires early and continuous court control of individual cases, system-wide caseflow effectiveness is a cooperative effort of public and private litigants and lawyers, law enforcement, social services, health, detention and correctional organizations, and judges and court staff.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to create and maintain a court executive leadership team that effectively addresses caseflow management;

  • Ability to develop effective CFM teams consisting of judges, court staff, and others throughout the court and the justice system;

  • Knowledge of differing leadership styles and skills and how to build caseflow management executive teams around judges and court managers with diverse administrative experiences, interests, and capabilities;

  • Knowledge of the agencies and individuals, both inside and outside the court, with whom the court must work successfully to bring about effective CFM and their independent CFM responsibilities and objectives;

  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships and finding the right balance between oversight of others with independent case management responsibilities, delegating authority to them, and micro-management;

  • Ability to help court officials and others understand their roles in the larger justice system and how they affect others, and to tie CFM to system-wide benefits, costs, and consequences;

  • Skill and political acumen when working with funding authorities and the executive branch to improve case processing;

  • Skill in allocating available resources and in preparing, presenting, lobbying, and negotiating realistic budgets to improve caseflow management;

  • Knowledge of how to ensure the integrity of judicial orders, particularly processes that enhance revenue (fee and fine) collection;

  • Ability to maintain effective partnerships among courts, the public and private bar, community groups, and the executive and legislative branches, without a loss of either the required tension between the branches or the adversarial system.

 

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