Sustainable Court Governance: The Critical Role of Strategic Management

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Watch as DC Chief Juge Eric Washington discusses the paper, Sustainable Court Governance: The Critical Role of Strategic Management, co-authored with Strategic Management Director Lisa VanDeVeer; in this paper the authors demonstrate the critical role strategic management practices can play in effective court governance.

This paper offers a structure for strategic management that connects performance and budgeting and that can be implemented in any court or court system irrespective of size, structure, or other attributes. Washington and VanDeVeer share the decade long experience and resulting benefits of the District of Columbia Courts’ use of strategic management practices that embrace wide participation of the workforce and court users and balance judicial autonomy and independence with organizational alignment of vision, mission and goals.

This is the tenth published paper in the Perspectives on State Court Leadership, from the Executive Session for State Court Leaders in the 21st Century (2008-2011).

About the Authors


Eric T. Washington has served as the Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals since 2006 and as a member of that Court since 1999. He also is the Chair of the Joint Committee on Judicial Administration for the District of Columbia Courts. In 2010-2012, he was the President of the Conference of Chief Justices. Lisa R. VanDeVeer has served as the Director of the Office of Strategic Management for the District of Columbia Courts since 2002. As Director, she leads the Courts' strategic planning and organizational performance management programs. 

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