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Developments in family law, court communications, and other court improvements are the topics of Trends in State Courts 2016This year’s edition features articles on aspects of family law (such as the Maryland courts’ family divisions); communications within courts and with the public (such as Alaska’s legal-notice website); and overall court improvement (such as Michigan’s performance measures to improve customer service). The keynote article discusses state and federal reform initiatives to address the problems posed by “tough-on-crime” sentencing policies.

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