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NCJ Number: 65548 Find in a Library
Title: ASSESSMENT OF THE FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A TRIAL COURT ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE FOR THE COURTS IN MECKLENBURG COUNTY, (CHARLOTTE), NORTH CAROLINA
Author(s): H V PENNINGTON; G W ALLISON
Corporate Author: American University
Law Institute Criminal Courts Technical Assistance Project
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 15
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
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
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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 DOCUMENTS THE MAJOR ISSUES ADDRESSED BY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CONSULTANTS IN ASSESSING THE FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A TRIAL COURT ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE FOR MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C., COURTS.
Abstract: THE COUNTY REQUESTED TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FROM LEAA'S CRIMINAL COURTS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROJECT. THE REQUEST WAS PROMPTED BY THE CONCERN OF THE JUDGES THAT THE WORKLOAD OF THE COURTS AND THE COMPLEXITY OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE DEMANDS ON THE SYSTEM WERE SUCH THAT INSTITUTING A TRIAL COURT ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE TO HANDLE CERTAIN NONJUDICIAL ASPECTS OF THE WORKLOAD WAS NECESSARY. TWO CONSULTANTS MADE AN ONSITE ANALYSIS OF THE PROBLEM. BASED ON THE SITE STUDY, IT APPEARED THAT THERE WAS A NEED FOR SOMEONE IN THE COURT SYSTEM TO WORK ON ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS ALONG WITH THE TWO ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGES. DUE TO THE ROTATION SYSTEM FOR SUPERIOR COURT JUDGES, ADMINISTRATIVE CONSISTENCY WAS LACKING. IT WAS RECOMMENDED THAT THE COUNTY HIRE A COURT ADMINISTRATOR--PREFERABLY A SOUTHERNER AND A NORTH CAROLINIAN. THE POSITION SHOULD BE FILLED BY SOMEONE WITH COURT EXPERIENCE AND A STRONG MANAGEMENT BACKGROUND WHO WOULD WORK DIRECTLY FOR THE SENIOR RESIDENT JUDGE AND THE PRESIDING JUDGE OF THE DISTRICT COURT. LIAISON AND COORDINATION SHOULD BE PRIMARY DUTIES, AND THE ADMINISTRATOR SHOULD BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE COURT AND THE SYSTEM INITIALLY, THEN MOVING TO HANDLE DAILY PROBLEMS THAT ARISE. (MJM)
Index Term(s): County courts; Court management; Court personnel; North Carolina; Technical assistance plans; Technical assistance reports
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