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NCSC exec delivers dispute resolution speech at ABA meeting

NCSC Executive Vice President Mike Buenger, in a speech this month titled Rethinking the Delivery of Justice in a Self-Service Society, told those at the ABA Dispute Resolution Section spring meeting to focus on establishing justice, one of the objectives of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution.

In order to do that, he said the courts and the legal community must understand the needs of the people who use the courts.

“What I suggest this morning is that we need to transition our language, or programs, and our systems away from notions of ‘alternative’ dispute resolution and toward a more encompassing and holistic notion of dispute resolution services offered by the courts,” Buenger said. “A menu of options, if you will, not defined in terms of alternatives but defined by litigant needs.”

NCSC in the news

Access-Driven Calif. Reforms Likely To Spur Big Pushback

In one major 2015 study, the National Center for State Courts said 76% of litigants represented in the study were unrepresented in civil matters, nearly double from two decades earlier. Read the full story from Law360.

Greater Justice through Statistics

If it means working with governors or governing bodies like the National Center for State Courts (with whom we’ve partnered to develop court data standards), all the better. Which is all to say: We’re collecting data and stumping for better data infrastructure any way we can. Read the full story from The Smart Set.

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Rhode Island court director named to leadership positions in two national court organizations

Rhode Island Court Administrator J. Joseph Baxter has been named president of the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) and vice-chair of the National Center for State Courts Board of Directors. Read the full press release.

Chief Justice of Iowa Supreme Court named to lead two national court organizations

Iowa Chief Justice Mark S. Cady has been named president of the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and chair of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Board of Directors. Read the full press release.

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