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An Aid for Evaluating Court Performance

7/14/2005:   The National Council for Adoption recently released a report entitled Performance Measures for Courts; The Next Step in Foster Care Reform, examining how well the juvenile and family courts work with public child welfare agencies to place children in foster care with safe, stable families. Legislative and judicial officials can use the report as they evaluate and improve court performance and the media and public can educate themselves about the criteria for effective court systems.

In addition to sections concerning due process, judicial leadership, and case management, the report emphasizes the need for courts to remain aware of the amount of time between proceedings, especially continuances, and the reasons for delays. The report also includes initiatives for legislatures and the public to take an active role to ensure court systems perform at optimum levels.

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