Call for Submissions

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.

Coming Next Month

This November, voters will be deciding constitutional revisions with a direct impact on courts, ranging from mandatory judicial retirement ages to control over state judicial disciplinary commissions. The October Trends article will look at those ballot items and their place in long-term interactions between state legislatures and courts.


A list of monthly Trends articles for August 2013 through July 2016 are compiled here in a full PDF.

Trends in State Courts 2015
  • Service Animals and the Courts The latest Trends article discusses what provisions courts must make when members of the public or employees request to bring a service or emotional-support animal to court. read more
  • Policy Implications of Body Worn Cameras The second edition of Trends: Close Up reveals the current/future technology law enforcement uses to apprehend people in the U.S. 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.


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