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NCJ Number: 93612 Find in a Library
Title: Lessons of State Court Reform (From Problems in Administrative Reform, P 177-194, 1984, Robert Miewald and Michael Steinman, eds.)
Author(s): C Baar
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Nelson-Hall Publishers
Chicago, IL 60606
Sale Source: Nelson-Hall Publishers
111 North Canal Street
Chicago, IL 60606
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Court reform should integrate elements found in both executive and legislative reform.
Abstract: Court reformers have focused on the simplification of court structure and jurisdiction, the simplification of court procedures, and professionalization of the judiciary, the unification of court organization, professional administrators, State financing of courts, technological modernization, and judicial independence. The basic assumptions of court reform have been that the courts should be removed from politics, should be organized according to national standards, and should be directed by professionals. The focus has been on structures and procedures rather than substance. The limits of such court reform are in the persistence of political influences and the general inability to reconcile standardization and diversity in court structure and procedure. An appropriate future for court reform might begin by relating it to executive and legislative reform. Court reform has traditionally resembled executive reform, as problems are viewed from the prespective of the central administrator, and solutions emphasize classical perscriptions that rationalize structure and procedures. Court reform has given less emphasis to the traditional staple of legislative reformers, which is the development of autonomous capabilities of the individual decisionmaker. Twenty references are listed.
Index Term(s): Court reform; Court rules; Court standards; Political influences
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