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District of Columbia Courts State of the Judiciary

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This report provides an overview of initiatives and programs undertaken in 2008 within the District of Columbia Courts.
In 2008, the District of Columbia Courts launched its second 5-year strategic plan for 2008-2012. The plan identifies strategic goals in six areas, previewed in this report: providing fair and timely case resolution; promoting equal access to justice; maintaining a strong judiciary and workforce; preserving and modernizing court facilities and leveraging technology to operate efficiently; ensuring the safety of court participants and the courts' readiness to operate during an emergency; and ensuring public trust and confidence. Highlights of the courts' achievements during 2008 include: (1) developing partnerships with other agencies and organizations to provide mental health services to defendants, training workshops for family law attorneys in child welfare law, and assistance to litigants without lawyers; (2) installing a new jury management system; and (3) continuing the courtwide performance measures to enhance operations and public accountability. This report highlights the District of Columbia Courts' achievements during 2008 and previews future initiatives planned to accomplish the courts' 2008-2012 strategic goals.


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