Centers of Excellence

Centers of Excellence: A Judicial Branch Performance Initiative

The Centers of Excellence Program is a Judicial Council initiative designed to support judicial leaders looking to improve the administrative performance of their courts and to improve compliance with critical administrative requirements. The program, supported by the Office of Court Administration’s Research and Court Services Division, is aligned with recognized standards of court performance measurement and management and supports local innovation. The program is open to all district, county, justice and municipal courts.

The program supports the assessment and improvement of performance in four areas: Governance, Data-Driven Caseflow Management, Access and Fairness, and Court Operations. The program also supports compliance with administrative requirements in areas including required case activity reporting, collections, guardianship monitoring, indigent defense, and other areas.

In addition to using the program to support the implementation of improvements in support of local priorities, courts that successfully complete the four-phase program will be recognized by the Judicial Council as a Judicial Center of Excellence. Courts recognized as a Center of Excellence will be encouraged to share their policies and practices with other courts to support ongoing communication and improvement across the judiciary.

Please contact the Research and Court Services Division at (512) 463-8113 for more information.