Recommended Titles and Treatises

Trial courts as organizations

by Brian Ostrom. Temple University Press. 2007.
194 pages.

In this volume is intended to provide readers a way in which to determine the culture of a specific court as well as to see if the court’s culture affects the court’s performance. The authors apply these methodologies regarding work environments and management styles to felony criminal state trial courts in California, Florida, and Minnesota. The four specific court cultures discussed in this volume include communal courts, networked courts, autonomous courts, and hierarchical courts. Specific chapter topics include a court culture framework, strategies for measuring court culture, consequences of court culture, court culture preferences, and implications of this study.

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