Based on your review of the court systems up to this point in the
course, in this short paper you will examine the role of court staff and
assess their impact on the efficiency of a particular court.
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JUS 261 Module Four Short Paper Guidelines and Rubric
The Module Four Short Paper explores the role of course personnel. Specifically, you will assess the potential impact on the efficiency of the court an individual
role could have.
After reviewing the reading assignments, please select one of the following court employees: court clerk, assistant clerk, docketing clerk, administrative assistant,
bailiff, lawyer, or judge. Identify either state or federal court staff member. Describe your chosen employee’s role in the court and discuss specific tasks and
responsibilities that this position is responsible for. Assess this employee’s impact on the efficiency of the court.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:


Role: Identify and describe what role your chosen staff member plays in the operation of the court and some of the tasks that the individual engages in to
fulfill his or her job requirements.
Efficiency: Describe the role of the court staff person in creating judicial efficiency. Explain how this person’s position can help make courts run more or
less efficiently. Specifically, discuss his or her role in relation to court calendars, dockets, and case management.
Rubric
Guidelines for Submission: Your short paper must be submitted as a 1- to 2-page Microsoft Word document with double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman
font, one-inch margins, and at least three sources cited in APA format.
Critical Elements
Role
Exemplary (100%)
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
includes specific and relevant
examples based on research
Proficient (85%)
Describes the role that the staff
member plays in the operation
of the court, including some of
the tasks that the staff member
engages in to fulfill job
requirements
Efficiency
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
includes specific and relevant
examples based on research
Explains how the staff member’s
position can help make courts
run more or less efficiently,
specifically referencing the staff
member’s role relative to court
calendars, dockets, and case
management
Needs Improvement (55%)
Describes the role that the staff
member plays in the operation
of the court but does not
include some of the tasks that
the staff member engages in to
fulfill job requirements and/or
lacks specific details in response
Explains how the staff member’s
position can help make courts
run more or less efficiently, but
lacks reference to the staff
member’s role relative to court
calendars, dockets, and case
management and/or lacks
specific details in response
Not Evident (0%)
Does not describe the role that
the staff member plays in the
operation of the court and does
not include some of the tasks
that the staff member engages
in to fulfill job requirements
Value
40
Does not explain how the staff
member’s position can help
make courts run more or less
efficiently and does not
reference the staff member’s
role relative to court calendars,
dockets, and case management
40
Articulation of
Response
Submission is free of errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, and
organization and is presented in
a professional and easy-to-read
format
Submission has no major errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
Submission has major errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
that negatively impact
readability and articulation of
main ideas
Submission has critical errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
that prevent understanding of
ideas
Total
20
100%

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