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NCJ Number: 170235 Find in a Library
Title: Governance of the Texas Judiciary: Independence and Accountability - Report of the Texas Commission on Judicial Efficiency, Volume 1
Corporate Author: Texas Cmssn on Judicial Efficiency
Office of Court
United States of America
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 73
Sponsoring Agency: State Justice Institute
Alexandria, VA 22314
Texas Cmssn on Judicial Efficiency
Austin, TX 78701
Sale Source: Texas Cmssn on Judicial Efficiency
Office of Court
Tom C. Clark State Courts Bldg
205 West 14th Street
6th Floor
Austin, TX 78701
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Fourteen recommendations for the Texas court system are offered in this study of judicial independence and accountability by the Texas Commission on Judicial Efficiency (TCJE).
Abstract: Themes of the recommendations encompass self-governance and strength through cooperation, along with independence and accountability. The recommendations cover funding parity, court performance measures, information technology, staff diversity, and long-term planning. The following 14 recommendations are made for the Texas court system: (1) full State funding of appeal courts; (2) full State funding of district courts; (3) emergency contingency fund; (4) strategic planning by the Texas Judicial Council; (5) judicial compensation; (6) judicial compensation commission; (7) court performance measures and standards; (8) recruitment program to increase the minority applicant pool for court staff positions; (9) annual reporting of demographic data on law clerks and attorney staff positions; (10) encouragement of judicial clerkships; (11) student loan repayment fund; (12) judicial internship program; (13) State judicial commission on information technology; and (14) long-range judicial planning. Appendixes contain findings of the TCJE Information Technology Task Force and other task forces, information on the fiscal impact of the recommendations, and a list of TCJE public hearing participants and attendees. 14 footnotes and 1 table
Main Term(s): State courts
Index Term(s): Accountability; Automated court systems; Court personnel; Court personnel educational programs; Judicial compensation; Judicial independence; Judicial system development; Law clerks; Long range planning; State judicial councils; Texas
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