Reports and Publications
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Redefining Case Management
An update to their 2009 civil caseflow management guidelines, this recently released report by IAALS shares the lessons learned from the Civil Justice Initiative about the importance of casefow management.
The Virginia Self-Represented Litigant Study
This fiver-year study by NCSC focused on Virginia's unrepresented litigants. Ultimately five separate reports were completed with key findings, such as: the vast majority of civil cases included at least one unrepresented party; poverty is associated with not being represented in a court by a lawyer; and both plaintiffs and defendants have substantially higher success rates when represented than when they are unrepresented.
In the News
Eviction Records Article in the New York Times
This article discusses the work of sociologist Matthew Desmond who leads the Eviction Lab at Princeton University. The article discusses a variety of issues surrounding evictions nationwide, including those surrounding self-represented litigants and default judgments.
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The National Center for State Courts Civil Justice Initiative is dedicated to developing a wide range of research and implementation tools to inform civil justice reform efforts. This website serves as a national repository of these and other resources and tools dedicated to improving state civil justice systems.