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I. General


Please note that different organizations and products are referenced within this manual.  They are provided as examples and should in no way be construed as endorsements by the Supreme Court of Ohio or any of Ohio’s courts.

  1. How to Use the Guide
    1. This guide is intended for new court managers as a starting point to identify issues and resources.  Because every court is different and starting as a new court manager can be overwhelming, this guide is written from a “big picture” perspective.
    2. Links to references are located within each topic; additional references are also located at the end.
    3. The term “administrator” and “manager” are used interchangeably throughout this document.

  1. Introduction to Court Management: “So You’re Hired, Now What?”
    1. The primary role of the court administrator is to facilitate the day-to-day operations of the court. The administrator must be an effective manager and have the ability to anticipate and react to the ever-changing environment of a court.
    2. It is a pivotal role in ensuring that the court system serves its constitutional functions and that access to justice is provided to all.
    3. Leadership, management, and technical skills are necessary to succeed as a court manager.
    4. There are issues specific to individual courts, such as multiple judge courts and courts where the judge is its own clerk (probate and juvenile) that may present unique challenges.
    5. Change is constant (laws, technology, societal norms); therefore, commitment to professional development and performance assessment is essential.

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