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Next month’s Trends article describes the Copyright Act from the perspective of a court employee who intends to use copyrighted materials in court-related training. The article will help court employees identify situations that may violate the Act and suggest possible solutions.

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Trends in State Courts 2014
  • State Courts & the promise of the ACA The Affordable Care Act (ACA) presents a unique opportunity for state courts. For over 40 years, the possession and abuse of illegal drugs have been a dominant theme in our criminal justice system. read more
  • Chief Justice “Goes Undercover” for Access and Fairness Surveys Adorned in the same bright green "You Be the Judge" shirt as her fellow surveyors from the state AOC, Chief Justice Mary Russell went incognito to courts in Osage and St. Louis counties to conduct public access and fairness surveys. 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.