The Arkansas Supreme Court has unanimously approved a long-term strategic plan that was submitted by its Strategic Planning Committee, a group of 24 people representing the state’s judges, court staff, and legal community.

The plan, Delivering Justice: A Vision for 2025, is the first of its kind for the State of Arkansas, which was one of only 11 states that had not adopted a strategic plan.

The Strategic Planning Committee, appointed and chaired by Chief Justice John Dan Kemp, began its work in July 2017. The committee was assisted by Dr. Cyril Miller, who is director of judicial planning for the Supreme Court of Virginia. He also teaches university-level courses in future studies, criminal justice planning, and research methods.

The plan lays out six goals: fostering judicial independence, improving access to justice, communicating effectively with the public, improving educational opportunities available to the judiciary, embracing technology, and enhancing security.

“Equipped with this strategic plan, it is our ardent hope that the courts will both improve the service they provide to the public, attorneys, and other branches of government while simultaneously protecting the judiciary’s vital and independent role,” Kemp said.

You can read the strategic plan here