Crime, Legal Related

Council for Court Excellence

  • Washington, DC
  • http://www.courtexcellence.org

Mission Statement

Formed in Washington, D.C. in January 1982, the Council for Court Excellence is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, civic organization. The Council has been the moving force behind adoption of the one day/one trial jury system in the D.C. Superior Court, modernization of the trial and grand jury systems, reform of the District of Columbia probate laws and procedures, expansion of crime victim rights, improvement in court handling of child neglect and abuse cases, and proposing methods to speed resolution of civil cases by the D.C. trial and appellate courts. To improve the public's access to justice and increase their understanding of our justice system, the Council over the years has published and disseminated over 350,000 copies of plain-language booklets and other materials explaining a wide variety of court systems.

Main Programs

  1. 2009 Program Plan
Service Areas

Self-reported

District of Columbia

District of Columbia

ruling year

1982

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Dr. June Kress

Keywords

Self-reported

justice system reform, criminal justice, civil justice, family justice, access to justice, jury

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Also Known As

CCE

EIN

52-1241825

 Number

8214327286

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (I05)

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?

Programs

Self-reported by organization

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

Program 1

2009 Program Plan

DC Juvenile Justice Initiative

This initiative will address at least two aspects of the DC Juvenile Justice system, including community education and training programs following the spring 2009 publication of the Guide to the DC Juvenile Justice System, and public reporting of DC juvenile justice case processing performance standards articulated in CCE’s 2008 Evaluation of the Effect of Juvenile Speedy Trial Emergency Legislation.

 

Business and the Courts

CCE will study business usage of the DC courts and federal courts in DC as well as business usage of non-court-based alternative dispute resolution methods. The study will identify any issues which reduce confidence in the efficiency or effectiveness of the courts and identify recommendations, including whether a DC “business court” might be desirable.

 

DC Prisoner Reentry Initiative

Continuing work from 2008, the Initiative, which includes representatives of government agencies, ex-offender advocates, and CCE board members, is addressing legal and other barriers ex-offenders face in obtaining employment, including the availability of appropriate job training, job readiness and education programs at the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency. A final action plan and recommendations will be published.

 

DC Pedestrian Safety Project

Following several high-profile pedestrian fatalities and accidents in 2007, a CCE board committee convened to address better DC pedestrian safety methods. The committee seeks to have the MPD place a priority on effective and consistent enforcement of rules governing moving traffic violations. The CCE board-driven project contributed to the passage of the Pedestrian Safety Reinforcement Act of 2008 and will continue advocacy work in 2009.

Community Civic Education Program

The committee will provide a number of educational discussion programs on a variety of topics related to the DC justice system. The program will partner with community or governmental organizations throughout the District of Columbia, such as neighborhood civic associations, churches or other faith-based centers, all of which convene community members on a regular basis. CCE will offer and provide appropriate speakers to address topics selected by the host organization. 

 

School Jury Education Project

CCE will partner with the Street Law program in DC high schools to bring judges to the classrooms to present interactive jury education lessons using CCE’s mock-trial video, challenging the students to become the jury and decide the case.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

District of Columbia

District of Columbia

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Financials

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COUNCIL FOR COURT EXCELLENCE
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Council for Court Excellence

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. June Kress

BIO

June Kress, CCE's Executive Director since January 2004, has more than 25 years of criminal justice experience as a policy analyst, researcher, program director, consultant, and academic. She spent nearly 9 years at the US Department of Justice COPS Office and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and completed a year as a loaned intergovernmental executive with the DC Council's Judiciary Committee. Dr. Kress received a bachelor's degree in sociology from NYU and a masters and doctorate in criminology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jay Brozost

Lockheed Martin

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?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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