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NCJ Number: 75575 Find in a Library
Title: Six Roles of Judicial Planners
Journal: Court Management Journal  Volume:3  Dated:(January 1981)  Pages:4-7
Author(s): E Katz
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 4
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Several roles of court planners are discussed including those of conceptualizer, researcher, change agent, fireman, grantsman, and program manager, and the question of role balance is considered.
Abstract: Court planners should be prepared to answer questions concerned with the nature and purposes of courts by examining scholarly literature in anthropology and sociology. Court planners should also be aware of the results of scholarly research efforts, and should conduct modest research and evaluation efforts on all projects of their own. To fulfill the change agent role, the court planner must be able to view the judicial organization from inside with an outsider's perspective. He must possess an insider's understanding of organizational subtleties and an outsider's ability to evaluate the organization's relation with society objectively. Planners should be prepared for assignments from judicial administrators to meet immediate organizational pressures by developing short-term solutions to long-term problems. Court planners should be knowledgeable about the avenues to grant funds available from a variety of Federal resources in addition to LEAA, and should produce cost benefit analyses for use in educating State legislators. Finally, court planners are often given responsibility for the management of new court system projects. The emphasis which individual planners should place on these roles vary according to the planners' work situations; however, planners should develop a unifying theme to the way in which they structure their various roles. A chart is included.
Index Term(s): Cost/Benefit Analysis; Court management; Court personnel; Court reorganization; Funding sources; Performance requirements; Planning; Program evaluation; Public relations programs; Role perception
Note: Article is an adaptation of a speech at the Workshop on the Role of the Planner, Meeting of the National Council for Judicial Planning, San Francisco, California, May 25-28, 1980.
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