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NCSC President Mary McQueen testifies to U.S. House of Representatives about international rule of law programs
NCSC President Mary McQueen testified March 12 before a Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Program Committee on Appropriations U.S. House of Representatives. Her testimony centered on funding rule of law programs abroad and her witness statement outlines the critical role NCSC’s International work plays in establishing and protecting the rule of law in developing countries.
NCSC VP goes to Capitol Hill to share how opioid epidemic is affecting state courts
On March 6, NCSC helped organize a congressional staff briefing focusing on the state court response to the opioid epidemic and federal grant programs helping in that effort. NCSC Executive Vice President and Chief of Operations Mike Buenger (pictured far right) made a presentation showing the impact of the epidemic on state courts and the establishment of the Judicial Opioid Task Force.
“It is a power of the jury that the jury has always had.... And as long as we have jury trials it probably always will exist,” says Paula Hannaford-Agor, director of the Center for Jury Studies at the National Center for State Courts. Read the full story from The Christian Science Monitor.
Fourteen states use audio or video recorders in lieu of court reporters, according to a 2015 study by the National Center for State Courts. Many of the states cite cost as the reason for the shift to digital. Read the full story from The Marshall Project.
The Chief Justices of six New England States recently joined together to form the New England Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative (NE RJOI) which will help state courts better respond to the opioid epidemic. The states include Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Read the full press release.
Former National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Board member Edward W. Mullins, Jr. has been named 2018 Humanitarian of the Year by the United Way of Midlands, South Carolina for his “extraordinary leadership in philanthropic and human services.” Read the press release.