What states have done to improve
court operations and public service.
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 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.
Reports are part of the National Center for State Courts' "Report on Trends in State Courts" and "Future Trends in State Courts" series. Opinions herein are those of the authors, not necessarily of the National Center for State Courts.