Curriculum Purposes and Responsibilities
The most fundamental aspect of court leadership is an understanding of the purposes and responsibilities of the court and providing the leadership to ensure that these continually guide court operations, policies, and procedures. These fundamental purposes and responsibilities of courts apply regardless of the specific jurisdiction in which a court functions and provide both the philosophical and legal framework for the daily work of all court leaders. They also help differentiate between the roles of court leaders and the roles of professionals in other public sector positions. The following learning objectives are designed for a comprehensive session.
As a result of this education, participants will be able to:
- Describe why courts exist and the major purposes that courts carry out.
- Define the values, foundation, and historical perspectives underlying the American court system.
- Define key concepts and terminology, especially the judicial system’s dedication to the rule of law, equal protection, and due process as related to the purposes of courts.
- Summarize the role of courts as an independent third branch of government, an institution, and an organization; and how its role impacts and complements the other two branches of government.
- Identify trends in court reform and pressures forcing the courts to change and expand.
- Apply the values and goals of the American judicial system to specific court administrative tasks and responsibilities including dispute resolution.
- Explore quality court management concepts, accountability measures, and efficient processes in executing the role of courts in society.
- Articulate the practical impact and relevance of the purposes and responsibilities of courts to their jurisdiction, day-to-day court operations, and their job.