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While the specific functions court leaders perform and the environments in which they work varies significantly, fundamental and enduring principles serve as the foundation for the profession. Competencies in this module outline those principles.

Public Trust and Confidence
Public trust and confidence in the courts is integral to the credibility of the judicial branch. To be effective at managing trust and confidence, court leaders must be able to maintain an organizational culture that fosters integrity, transparency and accountability for all court processes and proceedings.
Purposes and Responsibilities
Court leaders must be able to carry out the fundamental purposes and responsibilities of the courts. To do this, court leaders must ensure that their courts are meeting these purposes and responsibilities and to aspire to meet several specific goals.