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Courts must have the talent and the tools to make the best possible use of an ever-increasing flow of data from many sources. Next month’s Trends article discusses the implications of “big data” for courts. 


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Trends in State Courts 2014
  • The Modern Grand Jury (Part II) In the second of a two-part series, February's monthly Trends article describes the role of modern grand juries in the felony-charging process. read more
  • Kansas implements e-filing system in 2014 In 2014, Kansas implemented a statewide e-filing system in several locations. The e-filing is present in 11 of the state's 105 counties, and more than half of the state‚Äôs nontraffic case filings will be eligible to use it. read more
  • Download Monthly Trends articles from past year Monthly Trends articles for August 2013 through July 2014 are compiled in a full PDF. read more

Trends in State Courts 2014 focuses on what courts can do, and are doing, to serve the needs of society’s most vulnerable groups:  juveniles and the elderly.  Articles in two special sections focus on many aspects of juvenile justice and elder issues, such as the Models for Change Juvenile Justice Initiative funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, judicial leadership in addressing juvenile mental health issues, elder courts, and Working Interdisciplinary Networks of Guardianship Stakeholders.

Trends 2014 also addresses other topics of interest to state courts, such as improvement of jury service via technology, procedural fairness, and access to justice commissions.  A new section highlights court accomplishments in each state.