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Trends in State Courts 2014
  • Affect of unaccompanied minors in state courts The dramatic increase in unaccompanied alien children entering the United States is likely to cause a rise in state court filings. State courts should prepare for the challenges posed by these cases. read more
  • W.Va. assesses felons’ risks and needs To perform risk-and-needs evaluations, every probation officer was directed by the court to be certified in administering the Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (LS/CMI) test. 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.