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Social media helped Florida courts deal with Irma

Parts of Florida are still recovering from Hurricane Irma, but much of the state is back to normal, and officials there have begun to assess how they prepared for the storm and responded to it.

Court officials in Florida feel good about how they dealt with Irma, and they attribute their success to preparation, experience and social media. Maybe you expected them to cite preparation and experience, but social media?

Read the full story.

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Eight-State Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative Receives $1 Million Federal Grant

A first-of-its-kind regional judicial effort by states to combat the opioid epidemic is receiving a $1 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.  The $1 million funding was awarded to the Ohio Supreme Court on behalf of the RJOI to improve coordination and seek “data-driven responses to prescription drug misuse.”  The RJOI has relied on the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) to coordinate the initiative, and will continue to do so through this grant. Read the full story on Court News Ohio.

Calls for Court Reform as Legal Guardians Abuse Older Adults

The National Center for State Courts estimates that guardians across the country supervise 1.3 million adults and an aggregate of $50 billion of their assets. Brenda K. Uekert, the Center’s principal court research consultant, said that with the “aging of the baby boomers and the onset of dementia, we expect those numbers to go up.” Read the full article in the New York Times.

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Council for Court Excellence receives 2017 G. Thomas Munsterman Award

The Council for Court Excellence (CCE) has been selected as the recipient of the National Center for State Courts’ (NCSC) 2017 G. Thomas Munsterman Award for Jury Innovation. The Munsterman Award recognizes states, local courts, organizations or individuals that have made significant improvements or innovations in jury procedures, operations and practices. Read the full press release.

National state court leaders respond to opioid crisis

The misuse of opioids such as heroin, morphine, and prescription pain medicines is not only a devastating public health crisis, it is critically affecting the administration of justice in courthouses throughout the United States. The number of children in foster care because of parental substance abuse has nearly tripled since 2012, and drug overdose deaths are at record highs. Read the full press release.

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