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Accurate performance measures are crucial for state courts to make informed decisions on matters regarding the judiciary. Next month’s Trends in State Courts article discusses how Nevada systematically improved their court statistics model to meet the national model established in the National Center for State Courts’ State Court Guide for Statistical Reporting.

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Trends in State Courts 2014
  • Copyright Issues with Training Materials for Courts Courts sometimes use copyrighted materials as part of training sessions. What must courts know regarding the “fair-use” and “education” exceptions for such works? read more
  • Oklahoma Improving Court Interpretation The Oklahoma Supreme Court has appointed a new statewide board of examiners of certified courtroom interpreters to assist with adopting uniform rules and procedures for certifying and using language interpreters in the district courts. 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.