Information Technology Management

Court Purposes and Processes

Curriculum Guideline One

Information Technology must not disrupt either the proper balance between the branches, the balance between parties to litigation, or bedrock legal principles.  Bedrock legal principles include due process and equal protection, the adversarial system, equal access, and independent and impartial judicial decisions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the Purposes and Responsibilities of Courts Curriculum Guidelines and how they apply to Information Technology Management;
  • Knowledge of accepted purposes underlying the management of cases from filing to disposition and how they relate to court technology:  1) produce individual justice in individual cases; 2) give the appearance of individual justice in individual cases; 3) provide a forum for the resolution of legal disputes; 4) protect individuals from the arbitrary use of governmental power; 5) create a formal record of legal status; 6) deter criminal behavior; 7) rehabilitate persons convicted of crime; and 8) separate some convicted people from society;
  • Knowledge of how courts function and their fundamental work processes for all case types;
  • Knowledge of the importance and the nature of court records for all case types;
  • Knowledge of the jurisdiction, structure, and management of courts and how they affect decision making about resource acquisition and allocation for court technology;
  • Knowledge of the culture of the judiciary and the political and fiscal environment in which the court system and its constituent courts are imbedded;
  • Ability to manage resource allocation and acquisition in ways that preserve judicial independence, essential judicial processes, and productive relationships with the other branches of government and justice agencies;
  • Knowledge of other organizations in the justice system and how their competing roles affect intergovernmental working relationships, information exchange, and systems integration;
  • Skill in ensuring that technology does not create an imbalance either between branches of government or between the parties to litigation and their lawyers;
  • Knowledge of the growth of self-represented parties and the issues the self- represented present to the use of court technology;
  • Ability to reengineer court and justice processes to take maximum advantage of technology without disrupting fundamental legal principles and rights, including due process and equal protection, independent and impartial decisions and processes, and privacy and confidentiality.


View the Summary of Information Technology Curriculum Guidelines or click on each of the other four Curriculum Guidelines to see the associated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

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