Crime, Legal Related

National Center for State Courts

  • Williamsburg, VA
  • www.ncsc.org

Mission Statement

To promote the Rule of Law and to improve the administration of justice in the state courts and courts around the world.

Main Programs

  1. Consulting and Technical Assistance
  2. Research and Technology
  3. Information and Education
  4. Government Relations and Associations
  5. International Exchange and Cooperation
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

United States of America

ruling year

1971

Principal Officer since 2004

Self-reported

Mrs. Mary Campbell McQueen

Keywords

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courts, justice, court performance, court improvement, fair and impartial, rule of law, law, public trust, judicial administration

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Also Known As

NCSC

EIN

52-0914250

 Number

4068451996

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Administration of Justice, Courts (Court Administration, Court Reform, Alternatives to Litigation and Sentencing) (I50)

Law, International Law, and Jurisprudence (V26)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The National Center will:

Serve as a national think tank to conduct research, promote experimentation, establish performance standards and measures, identify best practices, and evaluate program performance,

Provide a national forum for discussion of issues affecting the administration of justice,


Create a national leadership agenda for improving the administration of justice,


Serve as a national voice for the needs and interests of the state courts,


Promote collaboration among national court associations and related national organizations, 

Develop new knowledge about judicial administration,


Provide assistance to help courts evaluate and solve problems, and address future needs,


Offer continuing education and professional development programs for judges and court personnel,


Foster improved performance, accountability, public education, and communications to enhance public trust and confidence in courts, and


Strengthen the Rule of Law and administration of justice throughout the world.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Consulting and Technical Assistance

NCSC staff provide courts with direct, on-site assistance in areas such as court administration, court technology, caseflow management, finance and budgeting, and other court operations.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Research and Technology

Research and Technology. NCSC conducts a variety of national scope
research projects of vital interest to state courts. Recent projects
have helped courts set and accomplish performance goals, enhance
court-community relations, and use technology to improve court
performance.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 3

Information and Education

Information and Education. Through its Institute for Court
Management, the NCSC offers national seminars that address critical
issues, state and local programs that are customized to meet the needs
of specific jurisdictions, and a court executive management program.
Its Education and Technology Center uses satellite and Internet
technology to bring videoconferences and distance learning
opportunities to courts across the nation.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 4

Government Relations and Associations

The NCSC works to advance the interests of the
state courts at the national level and supports the work of fourteen
national judicial organizations representing more than 9,000 court
professionals.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 5

International Exchange and Cooperation

The NCSC assists foreign
judicial systems to operate under the rule of law by providing
technical assistance, consulting services, educational programs, and
international visitor exchanges. Currently, the National Center is
working to improve the justice systems in Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo,
Nigeria, Mongolia, Serbia, and Lebanon.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    NCSC’s mission is to promote the rule of law and to improve the administration of justice in the state courts and courts around the world.

    NCSC’s vision is to find solutions that will help courts significantly improve efficiency while maintaining or improving services to the public.

    To meet the challenges to America’s courts, NCSC has adopted a campaign approach to its 2013-2016 strategic plan. The approach to strategic planning emphasizes four major outcomes or “campaigns”:
    • Online support to solve court business and performance problems
    • Strategies, advice and tools necessary to secure adequate and stable resources
    • Solutions for enhancing access to justice for all
    • Structures for aligning court leadership and governance to effectively administer the state courts
    While these campaigns represent the most pressing areas that the court community has identified as requiring additional focus, NCSC will continue to provide research, training, services to associations, and technical assistance in a wide variety of areas not captured within these four campaign themes.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The National Center for State Court's current mission, improving judicial administration through leadership and service to the state courts, springs logically from its original purpose as an information clearinghouse so that innovations in one court can benefit all courts. To this end NCSC plans to pursue the following work:

    • Construct protocols for guiding users from business problems to business solutions.
    • Create a website that implements the business solution protocols.
    • Provide tools for improving court performance.
    • Continue to provide national expertise on reengineering best practices.
    • Enhance and expand the online Budget Re¬source Center to allow court constituents to interactively access information.
    • Widely disseminate public opinion findings so courts are “on message” when arguing for stable funding.
    • Use “cloud” technology to provide remote court interpreters to courts throughout the country. This includes providing a process for state courts to cross certify court interpreters.
    • Help courts simplify and streamline their rules of civil procedure.
    • Increase convenience for court users by devel¬oping models to allow appropriate transactions to be completed on line twenty-four hours a day.
    • Establish a Judicial Leadership forum to meet once a year to develop tools to improve local judicial governance.
    • Provide technical assistance to state judicial leadership teams to assess and improve their governance structures. This includes provid¬ing leadership and governance training to local leadership teams.
    • Work with other associations, including American Judges Association, National Association for Court Management, and the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts to develop training programs to improve the skills of judicial leadership teams.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    • A budget of over $31M, more than 100 full time staff in 4 offices and a strong infrastructure, solid financial management and regular audits.
    • Our Board of Directors consists of leaders in a variety of professions including state chief justices, court professionals, judges, corporate counsel, attorneys and other leaders.
    • NCSC was established in 1971 and has not wavered from its core mission while also adding competencies in court education, court consulting, technology and working with courts internationally.
    • Key federal, state and private grant partners.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    To gauge success, each campaign objective has been assigned a performance measure. Underpinning the Justice Campaign will be the alignment of the Center’s resources and operations to support new program initiatives undertaken to achieve the campaign’s objectives. The Center recognizes that revenue streams may affect the ability of the Center to perform its operations and may require that resources be repositioned to meet ongoing requirements of the campaign.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Since its founding in 1971, the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) has served as a front-line pioneer to improve the administration of justice. Challenges facing the courts have evolved over the years but the mission of the NCSC—developing solutions to the shared business problems of the court community—remains as sharply focused today as it was at its founding.

    Over the last four years of its 2009-2012 Strategic Plan, the National Center has worked closely with the court community to address many of these challenges.
    • NCSC has tracked how state courts have responded to the economic situation with its Budget Resource Center.
    • The Center for the Elders and the Courts was created to provide leadership and resourc-es to courts on issues affecting the elderly.
    • The High Performance Court Framework was introduced to of¬fer a comprehensive way for court leaders to manage their complex organizations and use performance measures to continually diagnose and improve their administrative processes.
    • NCSC’s Institute for Court Management (ICM) worked with a consortium of state courts to launch the Court Management Pro¬grams Licensee Program that allows ICM courses to be taught locally.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

United States of America

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Financials

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NATIONAL CENTER FOR STATE COURTS
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

National Center for State Courts

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Mary Campbell McQueen

BIO

Mary Campbell McQueen joined the NCSC in August 2004 as president and chief executive officer, with responsibility for planning, supervising, and coordinating all programmatic, administrative, and fiscal operations of the organization. McQueen served as State Court Administrator for the Washington State Courts since 1987, prior to that she was Director of Judicial Services for the Washington State Office of the Administrator for the Courts from 1979 to 1987. McQueen received a B.A. from the University of Georgia, a J.D. from Seattle University Law School, and completed the program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Hon. Jim Hannah

Supreme Court of Arkansas

Term: Aug 2014 - July 2015

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?