VOLUME 6, ISSUE 3 | MARCH 2015
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NCSC relaunches Center for Judicial Ethics clearinghouse
JTC paper tackles electronic records management
The Joint Technology Committee (JTC) has released a new resource bulletin, “Developing an Electronic Records Preservation and Disposition Plan,” which answers a series of questions many court administrators face in the advent of the digital records era. Key questions include: Should such record be destroyed automatically? What is the best way to delete court case data? How long do records need to be maintained for research purposes and are records maintained beyond the standard retention period subject to public disclosure? The new bulletin aims to assist court leaders in developing a robust electronic court records retention and destruction policy for their courts. JTC includes representatives from the Conference of State Court Administrators, National Association for Court Management, and National Center for State Courts.
New online course educates judges about underage drinking
The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility are offering the Effective Judicial Interventions for Underage Drinking Offenders course. Developed by NCSC and Responsibility.org in consultation with a national panel of experts, this cutting-edge, online course is designed to educate judges about underage drinking such that they can make informed decisions in the courtroom. The course provides judges with information about how to make accurate assessments, appropriate sentencing decisions, and tailored treatment plans for underage drinkers whether they are one-time offenders or more serious, habitual underage alcohol abusers. The program also encourages judges to consider an underage alcohol offense as a potential turning point for the juveniles that come into their courtroom and highlights the necessity of a collaborative approach in the adjudication of each individual offender. Completion of Effective Judicial Interventions for Underage Drinking Offenders will prepare judges and other criminal justice practitioners to make informed decisions when dealing with this subset of offenders and will foster leadership on this issue.
Courts are not revenue generators
NCSC reading room
Judicial elections are not exempt from today’s negative election politics. In Attacking Judges: How Campaign Advertising Influences State Supreme Court Elections (2015), Melinda Gann Hall, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University, examines how attack campaigns influence support for judicial candidates and impact participation in the election process. Through her research, Hall challenges traditional and often anecdotal views on the selection process and encourages further empirical exploration in this area. This book can be checked out from the NCSC Library.
Courts are under increasing pressure to provide broader interpreter services. March’s online Trends in State Courts article discusses one strategy for meeting this demand: video remote interpretation.
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