NCSC hosts 2014 Juvenile Justice SummitSummit created to promote and implement juvenile justice reformNCSC recently hosted a regional Juvenile Justice Reform Summit in Seattle, Washington. The summit showcased juvenile justice reform strategies and best practices that were developed and implemented as part of the Models for Change initiative, which was funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Thirteen states and two U.S. territories sent teams to the summit. The education programs focused on six issues—legal representation for youth coming in contact with the juvenile justice system; coordinated responses for youth that are involved in both the juvenile justice and child welfare system; screening for and addressing the needs of youth coming in contact with the juvenile justice system with behavioral health disorders; reduction of racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system; and improving the quality of probation services. During the summit, each state and territory developed an action plan for implementing one or more reforms that addressed at least one of the above issues. Each state or territory will be implementing the reforms within the next six to nine months. NCSC will follow-up with each state/territory to see if technical assistance is needed. Additionally, the soon to be released, Trends in State Courts 2014 will feature articles on juvenile justices reform strategies developed under the Models for Change initiative.
Registration open for FCICE ExamExam tests job-relevant language ability in English and SpanishRegistration for the Federal Court Interpreter Certification Examination (FCICE) Spanish/English written examination is now open. Candidates must register during the open registration period (May 15 - August 8, 2014). The exam will be administered September 1-14, 2014. The written examination is a multiple-choice examination of job-relevant language ability in English and Spanish. The written examination tests comprehension of written text; knowledge of vocabulary, idioms, and grammar; and the ability to select an appropriate target-language rendering of source-language text. Candidates who successfully pass the Phase One written examination of the FCICE must pass the Phase Two oral examination to be certified. NCSC administers the FCICE under contract with the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. The FCICE written exam and the FCICE oral exam (which will be administered in 2015) are for the certification of federal court interpreters. To learn more about the Phase One written examination, please review the FCICE Examinee Handbook.
Gavel to Gavel gearing up for November electionsVoters to decide on judicial salaries, retirement, and selectionThis month's special edition of Gavel to Gavel tracks legislation in nine states that will be on the November ballot and can change the way those states' judicial branches function. As of this month, court-related ballot proposals for the fall elections include changes to the way judicial salaries are set (Arkansas), mandatory judicial retirement ages (Hawaii and Louisiana), judicial selection (Florida, Hawaii, and Tennessee), and the creation of an intermediate appellate court (Nevada).
Several court associations are holding their annual conferences this summer. Below is a list, including conference themes for those associations that identify one. For complete agendas, please visit each association's website.
NACM, National Association for Court ManagementScottsdale, Ariz."Embracing the Courts of the Future: Blueprint for Action"
Nineteen ICM Fellows graduate at U.S. Supreme CourtStudents successfully complete court management programNineteen court professionals from around the country graduated in May from the Institute for Court Management's (ICM) Fellows program. The ceremony took place at the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C. Class spokesperson, Faye M. Guertin, deputy court administrator from Chandler, Arizona, spoke about the recent transition of the ICM Fellows Program to broaden access to court personnel interested in participating in this rigorous court leadership development program. She stated that now, participants can still undergo the "Williamsburg Experience"—or those with financial or other challenges can earn the status of Fellow via distance learning. Guertin said that the "ICM Fellows Program has provided all of us graduates with the skills and knowledge to keep striving forward with purpose and direction," and that these skills and abilities will reinforce the commitment to improving court administration as a profession. The ICM Fellows Program was established more than 40 years ago, in part, by Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger in his call for improving court administration. The program prepares court professionals for management and leadership positions. Since the first class of graduates in 1970, over 1,200 court professionals in 48 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and 12 foreign countries have become Fellows.