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Free webinar focuses on felony case processing

NCSC is hosting a free webinar called "Effective Felony Case Processing in State Courts for Administrative Judges and Court Managers" on Thurs., Sept. 18, 2014 2:00-3:30 PM EDT.

Program Objectives

  • How to implement highly effective front-end felony caseflow procedures
  • Lessons learned in promoting justice systems stakeholder collaborations
  • Results-oriented criminal settlement conferences and pretrials
  • Using the right statistics to pinpoint delay
  • Problems and successes in introducing change via pilot projects
  • Helpful court rules to promote uniformity in multi-judge criminal departments
  • Plea cut-off policies and why they work
  • Ways to encourage lawyer preparedness
  • Developing and implementing a criminal caseflow management plan

Registration

Contact Ephanie Blair by email eblair@ncsc.org or phone at 303.308.4310 to register or ask any further questions.

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.

 

NCSC in the news

Some judges take months off, while others put in work

Judges on average in Tennessee spend about 210 days in court each year, according to a 2013 caseload study by the National Center for State Courts. That number accounts for holidays and sick, personal and vacation days, along with training and judicial conferences. Read the full story in the Tennessean.

Alaska task force to examine elderly abuse, neglect

The Alaska State Supreme Court has established a new task force meant to examine the state’s handling of abuse and neglect of elderly Alaskans. Rabinowitz said in an email that the National Center for State Courts encouraged chief justices in every state to examine guardianship statutes and practices. Read the full story on newsminer.com.

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News releases

Gavel to Gavel provides in-depth look at state
court-related issues on November ballots

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.

Kansas Court of Appeals Judge named 2014 recipient of William H. Rehnquist Award

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.

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