Disaster Preparedness

Are You Ready?

INTRODUCTION

Are You Ready?

Every court should have a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) so everyone knows what to do when a disaster such as fire, hurricane, or utility failure strikes. A COOP is a living document that requires regular updating as circumstances change and court personnel turn over. The articles in this issue of The Judges’ Journal will help judges understand how they can make sure a COOP is implemented and all parties are executing their responsibilities.

Judge Gladys Kessler, a renowned member of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, knew at an early age that she wanted a career that would be intellectually challenging for a lifetime. Discover how she endeavors to make judges more cognizant of their responsibility to the Constitution, the rule of law, and the importance of remaining in touch with the reality of people’s lives.

The creation and development of an Information Technology Disaster Recovery Plan for a court is an extremely complex, detailed, and technical process. Judge Dixon outlines some of the considerations that must be a part of any court’s effort to effectively develop such a plan.

By keeping basic ethical precepts in the forefront, judges can ensure that courts in times of crisis are courts that continue to promote public confidence in the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary.

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