Courts and Court Administration

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JMI has a rich history focusing on courts and court administration.  The effective and efficient operation of courts relies on competent court administration.  JMI works to provide state-of-the-art training, education, and research on the court administration function.

Emerging Topics and Trends

Since the role of the court administrator was professionalized, there have been tremendous contextual changes that impact the courts and their operation—new technologies, increasingly specialized and professional staff, and changing caseloads to name a few.  In addition, economic downturns across the country are forcing courts and court administrators to work smarter and more efficiently.  JMI is committed to helping the latest research, training, and technical assistance to court administrators and managers on best practices from around the country to help courts effectively adapt as conditions change.

Project Highlights

National Association for Court Management (NACM) Core Competencies

In the years since NACM developed its core competencies, the landscape of court administration has changed significantly.  JMI, along with American University, worked with NACM to revise, restructure, and update its Core Competencies for Court Administrators.

Urban Court Managers Network (UCMN)

JMI, with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, created the Urban Court Managers Network to provide a forum for peer-to-peer learning among for court managers from some of the largest courts in the country.  Over the years, the UCMN has tackled a variety of persistent and new challenges as a group to not only help them in their own courts but also to share with the field.  Read more . . .

Rural Courts Improvement Network (RCIN)

Although rural courts often face many of the same challenges that courts in more populous jurisdictions face, the scope and the magnitude of the challenges often differ significantly.  In addition, running a court in a small, rural jurisdiction presents a number of unique challenges.  The Rural Courts Improvement Network is designed to bring together court managers from rural courts, along with state court administrators, to share ideas, policies, and practices that can address the different challenges they face.  Over the years, there have been many innovative practices that have emerged from the RCIN.  Read more . . .

Adequate, Stable, Equitable, and Responsible Trial Court Funding- Reframing the State vs. Local Debate

With funding from the National Institute of Justice, JMI prepared this report in 2008 of how three states fund their trial courts and how this impacted funding on four key dimensions: the adequacy and stability of funding, the equity of funding across trial courts in a state, and accountability for the fiscal management of trial courts. Two of the states had recently shifted to primary state funding and the trial courts in the third state were primarily locally funded.  Read more . . .


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