1. Access to Justice
We should strive to eliminate all
unnecessary barriers to service: geographic, economic,
procedural, linguistic, physical and psychological.
2. Expedition and Timeliness
Justice delayed is justice denied.
Unnecessary delay is a primary cause of diminished public
trust and confidence in the courts. Untimely court action in
any area of responsibility can have serious consequences for
the persons directly concerned, the court, allied agencies,
and the community.
3. Equality, Fairness and Integrity
The Court and all its employees
must demonstrate equal and unqualified respect for the rights
and concerns of all individuals who contact the court for
service and/or information.
4. Independence and Accountability
The judiciary must assert and
maintain its distinctiveness as a separate branch of
government, however the judiciary must be accountable to
maintain the public trust that grants it its independence.
5. Public Trust and Confidence
The maxim “Justice should not only be done, but
should be seen to be done!” is as true today as ever. Our
actions should be focused on continually building the public’s
trust and confidence in the judiciary.