Court Community Communication

Purpose and Communication Fundamentals

Curriculum Guideline One

Effective court leaders know and use six communication fundamentals to support the purposes and responsibilities of courts.  The fundamentals are 1) positive message, 2) credibility, 3) honesty, 4) accessibility, 5) openness, and 6) understandability.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the Purposes and Responsibilities of Courts Curriculum Guidelines and their application to Court Community Communication;

  • Knowledge of the implications of Roscoe Pound’s seminal 1906 ABA speech “The Causes of Popular Dissatisfaction with the Administration of Justice” for Court Community Communication.

  • Knowledge of the Trial Court Performance Standards, particularly those in the area of Public Trust and Confidence and the relationship of Public Trust and Confidence to Access to Justice, Expedition and Timeliness, Fairness, Equality, and Integrity, and Independence and Accountability;

  • Ability to develop and convey a positive message;

  • Ability to be credible in the information that is generated by the court;

  • Ability to be honest in response to inquiries;

  • Ability to be accessible;

  • Ability to be open;

  • Ability to be understandable;

  • Skill in ensuring that the courts are understandable, accessible, and responsive without comprise to the independence and impartiality of court processes and decisions.

View the Summary of Court Community Communication Curriculum Guidelines or click on each of the six Curriculum Guidelines to see the associated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

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