Coming Next Month

Recent research demonstrates that the leading cause of wrongful convictions is inaccurate eyewitness identifications; this remarkably complex problem involves law-enforcement practices, human psychology, and the law. Next month’s online Trends article will discuss how several state court judiciaries are addressing this issue.


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

Trends in State Courts 2015
  • The Opioid Epidemic and the Courts Opioid abuse has been steadily increasing in the United States. State courts must partner with other organizations to confront this epidemic. read more
  • Women on the Bench There has been a steady increase in the number of course of last resort whose number of female justices equals or exceeds 50 percent of the court's total membership. 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.


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.