Human Resources Management

Vision and Purpose

Curriculum Guideline One

Courts that are managed effectively have a strategic vision that reflects enduring court purposes and responsibilities. The court’s strategic vision should resonate in Human Resources Management and all other court functions and processes.  Courts should be model employers with policies and practices that comply with state and federal employment laws and regulations and relevant ethical codes.  But legal requirements imposed by others must be integrated with judicial independence and the inherent powers doctrine. A competent judiciary is independent in philosophy, form, and practice.  It delivers justice from the bench but also on the phone, at the counter, and the bar of the court. When Human Resources reflects court purposes and is aligned with the courts strategic vision, it supports all other core competencies, particularly Leadership; Visioning and Strategic Planning; and Education, Training, and Development.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the Purposes and Responsibilities of Courts Curriculum Guidelines and their application to Human Resources Management;

  • Knowledge of how Human Resources supports all other Core Competencies;

  • Knowledge of how judicial independence, the rule of law, and inherent powers doctrine and supporting case law guide Human Resources policy and practices;

  • Knowledge of the mission, vision, and values of the court and how to operate Human Resources in support of the vision;

  • Ability to develop a strategic vision for the court, if it is missing, and to apply it to Human Resource Management;

  • Ability to articulate how ethical standards, including the NACM Model Code of Conduct, the ABA Canons of Judicial Conduct, and relevant state and federal ethical codes apply to Human Resource policies, procedures, and practices;

  • Skill in controlling and taking responsibility for Human Resources and ensuring that the court is a model employer;

  • Knowledge of how well-managed Human Resources contributes to a healthy work environment and productive and committed court employees;

  • Ability to articulate with respect, when necessary, to judges involved in Human Resources that judicial immunity does not extend to personnel policies, practices, and decisions;

  • Ability to ensure that court Human Resources is independent in philosophy, form, and practice.

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