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Trends in State Courts 2014
  • N.C. relies on remote video for saving money, safety In North Carolina, remote video is not only saving the courts money, but also making it safer for law-enforcement officers to process offenders. read more
  • HOPE program deters crime through fairness, discipline Hawaii's HOPE (Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement) program serves as a model that successfully deters crime and substance abuse through fairness, discipline, and compassion. 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
  • Submit abstracts for Trends 2015 Submissions for the 2015 edition are now being accepted. Please e-mail abstracts of no more than 500 words by October 15, 2014 to Deborah Smith at 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.