Friday, August 26, 2011

Shared Solutions Summit

This title refers to the first of what we hope will be many Texas Judicial Council convenings of local leaders in justice administration, to share promising practices, plan collaborative local strategies, analyze data and identify opportunities, and chart a collaborative and economical course for Texas courts.  The event is Jan. 8-10, 2012, in Austin, and interested judges should contact me. We still have a few slots open for local teams.
Attendees will be motivated and equipped to launch and sustain local justice system improvements in the context of criminal, child protection, mental health, and self-represented civil cases. They will:
  • hear, observe and practice three themes, common to all such improvements - leadership, collaboration, and the use of data;
  • understand the basics of caseflow management as an organizing concept for all court case types, and the benefits and basics of online, automated case processing;
  • understand criminal justice examples of the use of data to identify problem areas in case processing and outcomes;
  • have the opportunity to understand and apply data analysis to criminal justice or another of the other three case types;
  • understand the current availability of a wide variety of cost-saving and performance-enhancing resources;
  • collaborate and share ideas within and among their local teams;
  • practice the use of a collaboration tool provided by OCA to sustain their effort and continue the linkages within and across counties.

The summit is open to twenty local teams of 4-6 participants, including a county judge or commissioner, district or county court at law judge, and district or county clerk; other participants, depending on the local focus, could include a district or county attorney, county CIO or administrator, court administrator or coordinator, chief probation officer or pretrial services officer, domestic relations or child welfare staff, CASA, local bar representative, or legal services provider.


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