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Submissions for the 2017 Trends in State Courts are now being accepted. Please email abstracts of no more than 500 words by October 15, 2016.

Trends in State Courts 2015
  • Recent Sentencing Reform Initiatives to Reduce Recidivism, Promote Fairness, and Control Costs Trends' 2016 Keynote article highlights recent state and federal initiatives to reform criminal sentencing. read more
  • Pop-up Courts Low-level crimes at events that draw large numbers of people can be a headache for courts and law enforcement. Pop-up courts offer a potential solution. read more
  • Cellphones and Self-Represented Litigants The first edition of our newest publication series, Trends: Close Up, discusses the policy issues on allowing mobile devices into the courtrooms. read more
  • View our Featured Article Archive Trends in State Courts features a monthly article covering an array of topics from body worn cameras and pop-up courts to veterans treatment court and judge's retirement ages and the upcoming election. View our archive to read the articles. read more

NCSC has launched a new video series called "Court Buzz." These short videos explain hot topics in the court industry based on trends in information requests fielded by NCSC’s knowledge and information analysts. This first video presents the five most current topics in judicial education.


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