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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.”
Legal scholars are now tapping into data sets that, previously, only social science researchers had used, such as data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for State Courts, as well as massive epidemiological and health care data sets. Law schools are now hiring many J.D./Ph.D.s. They bring the social science tradition and the ability and the desire to look at large-scale data. Read the full story from the Cornell Chronicle.
The US National Center for State Courts found that in 2016, in 15 of the US state courts, 60 per cent of all contract cases were disputes between landlords and tenants (contract cases accounted for about 47 per cent of the total case load). This means that just landlord-tenant disputes constituted about one-fourth of all civil cases in these states. Based on this data, one could argue that there is a problem with US state laws governing the relationships between landlords and tenants. Read the full story from ThePrint.
Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court Tani Cantil-Sakauye is the recipient of the 2019 Sandra Day O’Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education, presented annually by the National Center for State Courts. Read the full press release.
North Carolina public defender offices don’t have enough attorneys, investigators and administrative staff to represent their clients effectively, according to a report prepared for the North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services (IDS) at the direction of the North Carolina General Assembly. Read the full press release.