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Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time to raise public awareness about sexual assaults and educate the public on how to prevent them.
NCSC has established a list of resources about sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking:
Mary McQueen Award for Excellence & Leadership in Justice System Improvement
Sponsored by CCJ, COSCA, NAPCO and NACM, this award is presented biennially in recognition of an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to improving the administration of justice at the local, state and/or national level for a sustained period of time. Accomplishments worthy of recognition will transcend an individual state, community, or organization. Nominations due May 1. Read full details.
According to a 2016 report by the National Center for State Courts, Minnesota’s treatment courts are funded by multiple sources. Sources include judicial branch appropriation, Minnesota Office for Traffic Safety, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Minnesota Office of Justice Programs, federal funding and local government sources. Read the full story from the Globe.
California Court of Appeals Justice Earl Johnson Jr. once wryly observed that “[p]oor people have access to the American courts in the same sense that the Christians had access to the lions when they were dragged into a Roman arena.” That dystopian vision of our system of civil justice just gained further credence in the findings of a recently released report from the National Center for State Courts, The Virginia Self-Represented Litigant Study. In this study, the center analyzed data from the Virginia courts’ databases, focusing on those who go to court without a lawyer. Read the full story on GoDanRiver.com.
The National Judicial Opioid Task Force has expanded its reach with the addition of 20 new members including judges, probation officers, attorneys, and representatives from children and family services. They join the task force’s eight-member executive committee, formed in September 2017, and made up of four members each from the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA). Read the full press release.
State court leaders from across the county will gather at a national meeting in Henderson, Nevada on January 27. The National Judicial Opioid Task Force will hold a daylong meeting to gather information from those on the frontlines of the national opioid crisis. Read the full press release.