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Submissions for the 2016 edition are now being accepted.  Please email abstracts of no more than 500 words by
October 15, 2015 to
Deborah Smith

State of Judiciary Addresses

A special section looks at topics highlighted in state of the judiciary messages and how interest in those issues has risen or fallen between 2010 and 2015.

Coming Next Month

The Traffic Resource Center releases a monthly issue brief on a topic of interest to courts. Next month’s Trends article will review these issue briefs, which focus on pretrial diversion for DUIs, sobriety checkpoints, and other issues.

A list of monthly Trends articles for August 2013 through December 2015 are compiled here in a full PDF.

Trends in State Courts 2015
  • Judges’ Contributions to Retirement Plans The amount that judges contribute to their retirement differs by state, and this article examines judicial retirement plans nationwide. read more
  • View our Featured Article Archive Trends in State Courts features a monthly article covering an array of topics from copyrighting and video remote interpreting to veterans treatment court and evidence based management. View our archive to read the articles. read more

Leadership and technology are the central themes of Trends in State Courts 2015, an annual NCSC publication dedicated to making courts aware of key trends that affect not only court operations, but also society. Articles discuss numerous aspects of court leadership, such as judges and court administrators as "productive pairs," collaboration between stakeholders inside and outside of courts, and engagement of court staff. A special section looks at topics in state of the judiciary messages and how interest in them has risen or fallen between 2010 and 2015. Court technology topics include developing an online benchbook, using online portals to help self-represented litigants, and archiving records via the "cloud." Other articles examine how Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District became a "high-functioning court," accessibility and fairness in Nevada, and more.