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Grand juries play an important role in the criminal justice system.  Next month’s Trends article looks at the drawbacks of using grand juries in the felony-charging process.

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Trends in State Courts 2014
  • The Modern Grand Jury January's monthly Trends article describes the role of modern grand juries in the felony-charging process. read more
  • Indiana responds to needs of incapacitated adults A new resource to serve the potentially growing number of aging and incapacitated adults in Indiana was established by the legislature in 2014 and staffed by the Indiana Supreme Court’s Division of State Court Administration. 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.