Helping courts address implicit bias: Resources for education

Everyone, judges and other court professionals included, harbors attitudes and stereotypes that influence how he or she perceives and interacts with the social world. Because these cognitive processes can operate implicitly, or at a level below conscious awareness, they can bias judgment and behavior in ways that go unnoticed by the individual.

To raise awareness about the existence of implicit bias in the court community, the NCSC, with funding from the Open Society Institute, documented the development and implementation of pilot educational programs on the topic of implicit racial bias in three participating states between 2009-2012. These materials are no longer current given the robust research in this area. Although we are no longer disseminating these resources, we are exploring new funding to provide updated educational materials to the court community that reflect the current state of the continually maturing science.