Background

Regions and nations of the world are in different court management development stages. These regions are creating practices and procedures based on research, cultural affiliations and legal frameworks. There are several judicial systems utilizing unique approaches for resolving disputes, measuring performance, managing information, reforming procedures and guidelines and generally improving justice administration. Strengthening areas such as access to justice, judicial independence, transparency, quality and productivity brings resulting benefits for courts and the public.

With the advent of the communication age and a global network of courts and institutes dedicated to improving justice administration, there is an opportunity to formally assimilate, compare, study, and publish material that will foster the elevation of justice system management environments and harmonize national institutional approaches that will blend best practices. One goal of the IIJE would be to develop international guidelines for court management procedure. One possible contribution resulting from the establishment of such guidelines would be to facilitate certification of national practices as meeting minimum requirements in several areas of practice:

  1. Electronic Information Management Systems
  2. Digital and Manual Archives
  3. Human Resource Management
  4. Case Management
  5. Records Administration
  6. Codes of Conduct
  7. Court Security
  8. Strategic Planning
  9. Continuing Operations Planning
  10. Service of Process
  11. Statistics
  12. Performance Measurement
  13. Witness Protection
  14. Pretrial and Probation Services
  15. Public Outreach and Service
  16. Jury Management
  17. Trial Services
  18. Budget Management
  19. Court Reporting and Interpreting
  20. Other Practices

Once Guidelines for International Court Management Practice (GICMP) are established, regional centers for excellence will facilitate knowledge dissemination and training with counterpart national institutions.

Together, as a global community, we can more quickly advance knowledge more universally, improve services for our courts and citizens, and promote efficient market economies based on strong legal foundations.