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Title: Trial Court Performance Standards With Commentary
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Corporate Author: National Ctr for State Courts
United States of America
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 57
  Series: BJA Monographs
  Annotation: This report presents 22 standards for trial court performance and provides substantive commentary on the rationale for each standard; it also includes an overview of the measurement system.
Abstract: The standards are designed for use by State general jurisdiction trial courts to assess and improve their performance. The first section of the report articulates and comments on 22 separate performance standards for general jurisdiction trial courts. The standards are grouped into five performance areas: access to justice; expedition and timeliness; equality, fairness, and integrity; independence and accountability; and public trust and confidence. The standards and accompanying commentaries are presented in a common format. A brief overview introduces each of the five performances areas. The standards are not rigid rules; they are guiding principles. Specific performance measures and data collection methods and techniques associated with the standards are summarized in the last section of the report. The summary is intended to instruct the reader in the general approach and requirement for performance measurement and to reinforce the concept that the use of the standards relies on the understanding and application of data. Three appendixes provide additional information for the exploration of trial court performance issues in greater depth.
Main Term(s): Court standards
Index Term(s): Trial courts ; State courts ; Court management ; Court procedures
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 87-DD-CX-0002; 91-DD-CX-0013(S-1)
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Type: Guideline
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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