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Pakistan judicial study group visits, studies at NCSC
Judicial officials from Pakistan visited NCSC headquarters in Williamsburg, Va., Aug. 15 in a study group sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
The study program seeks to help participants:
Jury Service Scams
There have been several media reports of jury services scams in recent months. All of these scams are initiated telephonically. The Arizona Daily Star reported that the Pima Superior Court (AZ) has warned residents about a jury service scam and Kansas First News warned residence in Shawnee County, KS on about a similar scam. Additionally, the Indiana State Court System has warned residents statewide about a jury scam. Kathryn Dolan, public information officer of the Indiana Supreme Court said, "There have only been a few incidents, but court leaders are alerting the public in the abundance of caution."
There have also been nine more generalized fraud alerts this year that involve state courts. Some of these fraudulent activities are telephonically communicated and some are delivered via email. The links below go to press releases or news stories regarding the alerts.
The agency that oversees Michigan’s courts says it will work with lawmakers to move toward a statewide system of electronic case filing. The National Center for State Courts recommends an increase in the standard filing fee, which now is $150 per case and is set by Michigan law. Read the full story on LSJ.com.
Beginning in September, all constitutional challenges to laws will be heard by three-judge trial court panels appointed by the chief justice of the state Supreme Court. No other state has set up a system like the one that is going into effect in North Carolina. William Raftery, an analyst with the National Center for State Courts, says a handful of states have used panels of three for rare and specific purposes but not for constitutional challenges. Read the full story on NewsObserver.com.
In the upcoming November elections, ballots in nine states will have 10 court-related items, ranging from mandatory retirement ages to selection methods for appellate judges to the creation of an intermediate appellate court. To help learn the potential impact each issue carries, NCSC’s Gavel to Gavel is beginning a weekly countdown today, featuring one ballot item per week through election day, Nov. 4. Read the full press release.
Judge Steve Leben of the Kansas Court of Appeals has been named recipient of NCSC's 2014 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence for his exceptional work in educating judges about procedural fairness. Read the full news release.