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COLUMBUS – Fredericktown resident Diane Randall was among 43 court administrators, clerks, chief probation officers, and program managers from courts throughout Ohio to receive the Certified Court Executive credential on Friday, September 15, from the Court Management Program (CMP). The program was developed by the Institute for Court Management, the educational arm of the National Center for State Courts.

Randall is employed as Court Administrator of Knox County Probate-Juvenile Court.

This is the second class of Ohio students to graduate from Level II of the national program – the only program of its kind in the United States. CMP is intended for court leaders interested in strengthening their management knowledge, skills and abilities. The program, which requires a three-year commitment, provides education in several key areas of court administration. Completion provides graduates with a certified court executive credential.

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor addressed the graduates. She spoke about our state courts being an exceptional system, saying “we would like our state court systems in America to be held in high esteem globally – a system that spreads our ideals of justice around the world. For that to happen, we have to continue improving our system and insist on fairness and access to justice in our society. In that way, we become a model for other nations to emulate.” She further noted that “Education is essential to the stability – and continuous improvement – of our state court systems.”

The graduation ceremony on September 15 came after a two and a half day seminar. The course, Court Community Communication, provided students with tools to effectively communicate with the media and the public. Former Supreme Court of Ohio Public Information Director Chris Davey wrote the course curriculum and taught the course.

Members of the class first completed Level I of the Court Management Program, which consisted of six 2 ½ day long modules relating to the duties central to the administration of courts, such as case flow management and managing court financial resources. During both Level I and Level II of the program, participants were required to attend two courses each year for three years, for a total of six years of coursework. The six Level II modules covered topics ranging from leadership to education, training and development and visioning and strategic planning.

The National Center for State Courts, founded in 1971, is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice by providing leadership, research, technology, education, service and training to the state courts.

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