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.
About 70 percent of jurors report some level of stress, but less than 10 percent report extreme stress, according to a study done by the National Center for State Courts. Some judges will request a crisis-management session after a trial but that's unusual and was not ordered after the nanny verdict. Read the full story from the Longview-News Journal.
A study by NPR and the National Center for State Courts found that, between 2010 and 2014, 48 states criminal and civil fees, added new fees, or both. And when so many fees are dedicated to courtroom costs and salaries, the public’s confidence in judicial impartiality can be undermined. Read the full story from the ABA Journal.
According to the National Center for State Courts, there are about 1.3 million adult guardianship cases in the US today. Read the full story from Erie News Now.
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.
From 1974 until my retirement at the end of 2013, I worked as a lawyer for the National Center for State Courts, a nonprofit charged with improving judicial administration in the United States and around the world. Read the full story from the NH Business Review.
Since 2014, the National Center for State Courts has published an annual public opinion survey—The State of the State Courts—designed to track public attitudes toward our state courts. The numbers haven’t always been pretty. And the data suggests we must tidy up our own house while also trying to prevent these external forces from undermining the judiciary. Our 2017 survey revealed that only 58 percent of Americans believe that the term “fair and impartial” describes our courts well. Our 2015 poll found that only 32 percent of African-Americans believe that our courts provide equal justice to all. Read the full story from the ABA Journal.
Justice can be expensive. How expensive? A 2013 study by the National Center for State Courts suggests it’s unaffordable for most of us. Even a simple automobile case can exceed $100,000 per side if the case goes to trial. Read the full story on elliot.org.
Your local courthouse can be a source of information about lawsuits or other public record information. However, keep in mind this information will be limited to actions taken in that jurisdiction. And it may even be inaccurate. It’s not unusual for people with similar names to be mistaken for one another for example. (Millions of court judgments have been removed from credit reports recently because they couldn’t be thoroughly matched to the right person.) “Courts do not conduct criminal background checks,” warns the National Center for State Courts on its website. Read the full story on nav.com.
The change does not apply to folks called for jury duty in state court systems — which tend to pay less, according to data compiled by the nonprofit National Center for State Courts. Read the full story on wfmz.com.
The Daniel J. O’Toole Award earned by the 30th Judicial Circuit is based on clearance rate criteria. The National Center for State Courts defines clearance rate as the number of outgoing cases as a percentage of the number of incoming cases. If 100 cases are filed and 95 are disposed in the given time period, the clearance rate is .95 or 95 percent. Read the full story from the Marshfield Mail.
A best practice issued last summer by the National Center for State Courts and State Justice Institute factored in, Crothers and Jensen said. Read the full story from the Bismark Tribune.
Whitfield, working with the National Center for State Courts, analyzed records of civil cases in general district courts across Virginia. Read the full story from the Daily Press.
The very fact that judge O'Neill is allowing five additional accusers to testify - not one, as in the first trial - is evidence of how the #MeToo moment has influenced the case, said Paula Hannaford-Agor, director of the Center for Jury Studies at the National Center for State Courts. The judge has not explained his reasoning for allowing more accusers to testify this time. "When I saw that, I said really, the ground has really shifted," Ms. Hannaford-Agor said. "The judge has had to pay attention." Read the full story in the New York Times.
As opioids began to ravage the city, court officials found that drug court participants were overdosing and dying at an alarming rate. In 2017, with a grant of $300,000, Buffalo's Opioid Crisis Intervention Court opened with Hannah as its chief judge [source: Schanz]. Since its birth in May 2017, only one defendant out of 204 has since died of a drug overdose [source: National Center for State Courts]. Read the full story from howstuffworks.com.
Fortunately, professional training is available on how to respond to domestic abuse, from programs for clergy to judges to law enforcement. And to fight gender bias, the National Center for State Courts is applying new strategies, such as exercises that increase awareness of unintended bias. Read the full article from Infosurhoy.
Lawmakers in at least a half-dozen states have sought in recent years to impeach or otherwise remove judges as a result of controversial decisions — including in some instances over same-sex marriage rulings — but without success, according to the National Center for State Courts. Read the article from the Washington Post.
Judges and circuit court clerks have not gotten raises in about a decade, according to Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. Kentucky's judicial salaries rank 48th out of 50 states, according to a 2017 survey by the National Center for State Courts. Read the full article from the Lexington Herald Leader.
Using the Gavel to Gavel database maintained by the National Center for State Courts, I gathered data on all court-related bills introduced in the 50 U.S. states from 2008 through 2016. After reading each bill to determine whether it “curbed” the court in one way or another, I found more than 1,700 court-curbing bills in state legislatures in those nine years. Read the story from the Washington Post.
Indeed, the National Center for State Courts says that West Virginia has long been in the bottom 25 percent of states when it comes to civil cases filed (based on population). Read the full story in The Legal Examiner.
According to a 2013 study by the National Center for State Courts, the Red Hook Community Justice Center reduced the number of defendants receiving jail sentences by 35 percent and lowered recidivism by 10 percent for adults and by 20 percent for juveniles. Read the full story on SILive.com.
Gregory Hurley (National Center for State Courts): "Jury consultants are really not there necessarily to create an impartial jury they're there to pick a jury that they feel is going to be most favorable for their client. But the other side is doing the same thing and the idea is through that battle an impartial jury will eventually be developed... It's not a system that is perfect but it is a very effective system that's been around a long time." Read the full story in the Business Examiner.
A 2010 research report from the National Center for State Courts detailed some of these efforts, including moves to remove judges for their court decisions. Bills were filed in the state legislatures of Massachusetts, Iowa and New Jersey to remove state supreme court judges who approved same-sex marriages. Read the full story from the National Constitution Center.
A 1988 study done by the National Center for State Courts showed that the administration building was “functionally unsatisfactory in terms of circulation, structural, and environmental systems.” Read the full article from the Hudson Reporter.
"Our methodology evolved to this weighted case management where we are able, with the assistance of the National Center for State Courts, to weight filings more appropriately when we make our requests for our expansion of the workforce," Lauten said. Read the full story from the Florida Record.
Despite a study by the National Center for State Courts that found Loudoun needs another judge—and despite having a person ready for the job—a key House of Delegates committee has decided not to restore funding for a Loudoun Circuit Court judge that the General Assembly took away in 2017. Read the full story from Loudoun Now.
County Judge Barry Moehring and Chang-Ming Yeh of the National Center for State Courts walk Tuesday near the Benton County Circuit Court building in Bentonville. Moehring, along with other interested county personnel and consultants, took a tour of the chosen site for a new courts building in downtown Bentonville. Read the full story from the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
Impeachment threats have become more common in the last 10 years, according to Bill Raftery, a senior analyst at the National Center for State Courts. He tells the Times that, during the 2011-12 legislative session, lawmakers in seven states sought to oust judges. Read the full article in the ABA Journal.
As far back as the 1800s, New Hampshire's legislature disbanded the state's Supreme Court five times, said Bill Raftery, a senior analyst at the National Center for State Courts in Williamsburg, Va., who has tracked legislation affecting the judicial system for years. Read the full story in the New York Times.
A 2007 study by the National Center for State Courts showed that of the 10.2 million summonses mailed to California residents, only 192,884 of those people were selected to serve on a jury. The costs add up. Read the full story in the Register Pajaronian.
Going without a lawyer isn’t entirely uncommon. The National Center for State Courts, in a 2006 report, found a rise in the number of pro se litigants, particularly in divorce and family cases. Read the full story at the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Judicial salaries would jump on average by about 4.5 percent. The judiciary would welcome that — for several years, New Mexico judges’ salaries ranked at or near the bottom nationally in nearly every category. That changed at the beginning of the year, when the state plummeted to the cellar in all categories, according to a new survey released Jan. 1 by the National Center for State Courts. Read the full article on NMpolitics.net.
Rogers was appointed to the State Justice Institute’s board of directors in 2010 by President Barack Obama, and was elected chairwoman on June 13, 2016. She has served on an advisory committee for the National Center for State Courts Expanding Court Access to Justice Project and the Conference of Chief Justices Civil Justice Initiative Committee. Read the full story in the Connecticut Law Tribune.
The National Center for State Courts is sponsoring the competition, which asks entrants to answer the following question in 100 words or fewer: “Why did our Founding Fathers create three branches of government?” Read the full article on the IndianaLawyer.com.
David K. Boyd, the former state court administrator for the Iowa Judicial Branch, was named the recipient of the National Center for State Courts' Warren E. Burger Award, named for the former U.S. Supreme Court justice. Read the full story in the Des Moines Register.
Victims of domestic violence should at least consider getting a protective order, says Susan Keilitz, JD, Principal Court Research Consultant at the National Center for State Courts and an expert on civil protection orders. Read the full story on theCrimeReport.org.
“South Carolina’s judicial salaries remain low compared to other states, according to the National Center for State Courts. This request is a first step toward establishing comparable salaries to other justices and judges across the country,” said Tonnya Kennedy Kohn, interim director of S.C. Court Administration. Read the full story in the State.
A 2017 report by the National Center for State Courts found that most states do not have systems in place for juvenile probation supervision or to waive those fees when appropriate to do so. Read the full article on the Luxora Leader.
The state Administrative Office of the Courts has asked for a $14 million increase this year, in part to boost the pay of New Mexico’s judges, which are the lowest paid in the nation, according to a report from the National Center for State Courts. Read the full article on NMPolitics.net.
Nowhere in America are so many changes coming to courts in such a relatively short time, says Bill Raftery, an analyst with the National Center for State Courts. Read the full article in the Charlotte Observer.
According to a 2013 report by the National Center for State Courts, the Red Hook Community Justice Center reduced recidivism and the number of people receiving jail sentences and helped strengthen neighborhoods. Read the full article on silive.com.
One final issue limits the pool of judicial candidates: Oregon pays its judges less than at least 47 other states, according to the National Center for State Courts, a nonprofit advocacy organization. When good lawyers can earn more as newly minted associates than as senior judges, it's hard to lure them from the private sector onto the bench.
“The prosecutor has an amazing amount of control over a grand jury,” says Greg Hurley, an analyst with the National Center for State Courts. “They can signal the grand jury in a lot of different ways in terms of the outcome they're looking for.” Read the full story in the Portland Mercury.