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NCJ Number: 51533 Find in a Library
Title: COURT MANAGEMENT - THE ADMINISTRATORS AND THEIR JUDICIAL ENVIRONMENT
Author(s): S W HAYS
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 328
Sponsoring Agency: UMI Dissertation Services
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
Sale Source: UMI Dissertation Services
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P.O. Box 1346
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United States of America
Type: Thesis/Dissertation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A STUDY OF THE REFORM OF THE FLORIDA COURT SYSTEM IS PRESENTED TO EXAMINE THE RELATIONSHIP OF TRADITIONAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES, ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL, AND ADMINISTRATIVE ENVIRONMENT TO REFORM SUCCESS.
Abstract: THE STUDY EXAMINES THREE VARIABLES CRITICAL TO THE EVALUATION OF POTENTIAL REFORM SUCCESS; (1) THE INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR ADMINISTERING THE COURTS, (2) THE TRADITIONAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES UTILIZED BY THESE PERSONNEL, AND (3) THE POLICTICAL AND INSTITUTIONAL CONTEXT IN WHICH THEIR DUTIES ARE CARRIED OUT. THE DEGREE OF ACCEPTANCE OF REFORM IS VIEWED AS RELATED TO THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE 'NATURAL' AND 'ARTIFICIAL' SYSTEMS, THE LEVEL AND COMPLEXITY OF TECHNOLOGY EMPLOYED BY COURT ORGANIZATIONS, THE NUMBER AND TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONAL GOALS, THE NATURE OF THE COURT SYSTEM'S ENVIRONMENT, AND THE NATURE OF THE VALUES, ROLES, AND INDIVIDUAL GOALS EXHIBITED BY ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERS. THE TRIAL COURT SYSTEM IN FLORIDA IS EXAMINED AFTER A 1972 CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION REPUTEDLY TRANSFORMED THE COURTS INTO A CONSOLIDATED SYSTEM WITH CLEARLY DEFINED ADMINISTRATIVE AND JURISDICTIONAL AUTHORITY. THE ROLES AND ATTITUDES OF CHIEF JUDGES, COURT CLERKS, AND COURT ADMINISTRATORS ARE EXAMINED UTILIZING PARTICIPANT OBSERVATIONS, INTERVIEWS, AND QUESTIONNAIRES. IT WAS FOUND THAT RESISTANCE FROM THE COURT MANAGERS SEVERELY INHIBITED REFORM AND THAT CHIEF JUDGES HAVE DEFAULTED IN THEIR ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES AND HAVE PERPETRATED THE DIFFUSION OF AUTHORITY AND COURT MANAGEMENT PRESENT IN THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIVE SYSTEM. UNPROFESSIONAL COURT CLERKS HAVE CAUSED INCONSISTENCY IN PROCEDURES, FORMS AND APPLICATIONS OF TECHNOLOGY. THE OUTSTANDING FACTOR CONTRIBUTING TO THE JUDGES' RELUCTANCE TO ADMINISTER IS THEIR INABILITY TO CONTROL JUDICIAL PERSONNEL AND BUDGETS. STATE ASSUMPTION OF ALL JUDICIAL FISCAL AND PERSONNEL RESPONSIBILITIES IS RECOMMENDED FOR EFFECTIVE REFORM OF COURT SYSTEMS. THE DATA, HOWEVER, SUGGEST THAT THE COURT MANAGERS' SUPPORT OF THIS PROPOSAL IS MINIMAL. THE SURVEY INSTRUMENTS, DESCRIPTIONS OF COURT ADMINISTRATORS' DUTIES, AND COURT-EXPENSE BREAKDOWNS ARE PROVIDED AS WELL AS SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHICAL REFERENCES. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--DAG)
Index Term(s): Court administrators; Court clerk; Court management; Court personnel; Court reorganization; Court system; Florida; Judges; Reform; State courts; Studies
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