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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.
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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.
Efforts to impeach or otherwise remove judges because of controversial rulings have been undertaken in at least a half-dozen states in recent years, according to the National Center for State Courts, but none has been successful. Read the full story from the Sentinel.
In more than 1,800 trials with 12-member juries from The Advocate's database, 81 percent ended with the jury — or at least 10 jurors — voting to convict a defendant of at least one charge. That’s well above the 71 percent rate reported by the National Center for State Courts in a 2003 survey of 30 large counties across the country. Read the full story from the New Orleans Advocate.
Two students from Indiana and one from Colorado won first place in the National Center for State Courts’ (NCSC) 2018 Civics Education Essay Contest, which is divided into three categories: elementary, middle, and high school. Read the full press release.
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.