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NCJ Number: 65499 Find in a Library
Title: SEATTLE (WASHINGTON), KING COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT DEVELOPMENT OF A COURT CLERKS TRAINING PROGRAM
Author(s): J J CORCORAN; F S ZOLIN
Corporate Author: American University
Law Institute Criminal Courts Technical Assistance Project
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 27
Sponsoring Agency: American University
Washington, DC 20015
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Contract Number: J-LEAA-011-78
Publication Number: TA 54A
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

American University
Law Institute Criminal Courts Technical Assistance Project
5530 Wisconsin Ave., NE
Suite 1130
Washington, DC 20015
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS REPORT DESCRIBES RECOMMENDATIONS MADE TO KING COUNTY, SEATTLE, AFTER THEY REQUESTED TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FROM LEAA TO RESTRUCTURE THE COURT'S CLERK TRAINING PROGRAM.
Abstract: THE COUNTY WAS CONCERNED WITH BOTH IMPROVING THE TRAINING PROCESS AND IN REDUCING THE LENGTH OF THE TRAINING SESSION FROM 16 WEEKS TO 6 OR 8 WEEKS. THE CONSULTANTS WERE ALSO ASKED TO EXAMINE THE HIGH TURNOVER RATE FOR COURT CLERK POSITIONS. FOLLOWING AN ON-SITE VISIT, THE CONSULTANTS MADE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR COURT CLERKS TO FUNCTION MORE EFFECTIVELY AND TO IMPROVE THEIR TRAINING. A FULL-TIME TRAINING OFFICER SHOULD BE HIRED TO ADMINISTER THE TRAINING PROGRAM, AND THE BUDDY SYSTEM SHOULD BE AN INDISPENSABLE ELEMENT OF THE TRAINING PROGRAM. A TRAINING COMMITTEE SHOULD PROVIDE GENERAL POLICY DIRECTION AND TECHNICAL ADVICE. A NEW COURT CLERK MANUAL SHOULD BE PREPARED, AS WELL AS AN OUTLINE OF THE TRAINING PROGRAM. THE EXISTING TRAINING PROGRAM SHOULD BE SHORTENED BY AT LEAST 4 WEEKS. CROSS-TRAINING SHOULD BE PROVIDED AND THE FOUR CLERKS IN THE JUVENILE DIVISION TRANSFERRED TO THE COURT CLERKS DIVISION. A ROTATION PROGRAM FOR COURT CLERKS SHOULD ALSO BE ADOPTED, AS WELL AS AN ONGOING PROGRAM TO IDENTIFY PREFERRED METHODS AND PROCEDURES. MOREOVER, THE FEASIBILITY OF EXTENDING TRAINING SERVICE TO DISTRICT COURTS SHOULD BE STUDIED, AND SALARIES AND BENEFITS OF COURT CLERKS ANALYZED. THE SUPERIOR COURT CLERKS POSITION DESCRIPTIONS SHOULD ALSO BE REVISED. STEPS SHOULD BE TAKEN TO IMPLEMENT THE TRAINING PROGRAM IMMEDIATELY WITH THE FULL SUPPORT OF OTHER COUNTRY OFFICIALS. AN APPENDIX GIVES THE TRAINING COURSE OUTLINE AND THE TIME SCHEDULE OF THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT. (MJW)
Index Term(s): County courts; Court clerk; Court management; Court personnel educational programs; Technical assistance plans; Technical assistance reports; Washington
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