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NCJ Number: 150226 Find in a Library
Title: Envisioning Justice: Reinventing the Courts for the 21st Century
Author(s): C Bezold; J A Dator; J McIntosh
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: State Justice Institute
Alexandria, VA 22314
Grant Number: SJI-91-05D-B-041
Publication Number: R-149
Sale Source: State Justice Institute
1650 King Street
Suite 600
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This video guides viewers in the process of "visioning" to reshape courts in innovative ways.
Abstract: "Vision" is defined as "an active process that excites people to act, to create, and to innovate." The video's introduction features clips of provocative comments by both futures/visioning professionals and judicial professionals on the need for direction in the face of change and on vision as an innovative approach to improving the judicial system. The second section introduces vision as "a powerful tool to help articulate a preferred future." Experts underscore this definition, which is followed by four examples: the program to land a man on the moon, Turner's vision of a global cable news network, Chief Justice Warren Burger's vision of a better judicial system, and New Orleans' Metrovision community revitalization project. The third section reviews scenarios, emerging issues, and trends of change. Examples of emerging trends that could alter the U.S. justice system are automated expert systems and legal software in the courts, alternative sentencing and correction techniques, the pressures of increasing cultural diversity, increased interest in total quality management, and the "holographic courthouse." The fourth segment focuses on creating a shared vision. Examples are drawn from the project's vision workshops designed for Florida's sixth judicial circuit and for the Oregon State courts. The final section re-emphasizes the definition of vision and its usefulness in getting people to work together in thinking more creatively about current problems and possible solutions.
Main Term(s): Court reorganization
Index Term(s): Court management; Court reform; Science and Technology
Note: Color VHS video, 42 minutes
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