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Trends in State Courts 2014
  • Balancing the Scales: Judicial Compensation Salary is often cited as an important factor in attracting and keeping well-qualified judges. But there are challenges over how to determine judicial compensation in the face of budget cuts and constitutional questions. read more
  • Idaho Courts respond to "silver tsunami" Through judicial leadership and innovative policies, Idaho courts have established a public complain process and procedures for finding missing guardians or conservatives. 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.