Gender and Racial Fairness

State Links

Alaska

Report of the Alaska Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Fairness and Access.  Alaska Court System (October, 1997). The Alaska Supreme Court formed the Advisory Committee on Fairness and Access to examine racial and ethnic bias in the Alaska state court system. 

Arizona

Arizona Commission on Minorities in the Judiciary. Arizona Supreme Court.

Arizona Judicial Council Commission on Minorities in the Judiciary Strategic Plan 2006-2008.   Arizona Judicial Council Commission on Minorities, December 2006. This report outlines the Commission's goals and practices to provide equal justice for minorities in the Arizona court system.

Equitable Treatment of Minority Youth in the Arizona Juvenile Justice System—A Follow-up to the 1993 Equitable Treatment Report .
  Arizona Supreme Court Commission on Minorities, 2002.  

Arizona Supreme Court Commission on Minorities—Progress Report .  Arizona Supreme Court, Commission on Minorities in the Judicial Department, June 1994-May 1996.  Progress report regarding the impact of racial and ethnic bias in the Arizona court system. 

California

Reports and Publications: Access and Fairness.  California Courts. This page presents documents and publications from the Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Access and Fairness including its subcommittees related to disability fairness, race and ethnic fairness, and gender fairness.

Final Report of the California Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Courts .  Judicial Council of California, January 1997. 

Fairness in the California State Courts: A Survey of the Public, Attorneys and Court Personnel—Final Report .   California Judicial Council, Advisory Committee on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts, December 1993.

Access and Fairness in California Law Schools . A report on the focus group project of the Judicial Council of California's Access and Fairness Advisory Committee and the State Bar of California's Office of Legal Services, Access and Fairness Programs, February 2008.

Colorado

Fairness and Diversity Committee.   Colorado Judicial Branch.

Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee .  Colorado Bar Association.

DC

Standing Committee on Fairness and Access to the D.C. Courts. District of Columbia Courts. Provides links to the Committee's reports and evaluations.

Florida

Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity. Florida State Courts. This site provides links to all of the Committee's reports, including those related to elder, disabled, gender, race, and ethnic fairness. 

Georgia

Georgia Access and Fairness in the Courts Committee .  Judicial Branch of Georgia. This site contains links to all reports by the Committee.

Indiana

Indiana Commission on Race and Gender Fairness.

Indiana State Bar Association Diversity Committee.

Indiana Supreme Court Commission on Race and Gender Fairness Executive Report and Recommendations Supreme Court of Indiana, 2002.  

Interim Recommendation of the Indiana Supreme Court Commission on Race and Gender Fairness. Indiana Supreme Court, 2001. This report discusses the Commission's recommendation that the State of Indiana investigate the creation of a court interpreter program.

Maryland

Report of the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Judicial Process. Maryland Courts, 2004. This report presents results from the Commission's survey, which was intended to be a critical examination of court-related equality issues from the perspectives of court users and minority and ethnic communities.

Massachusetts

Within Our Reach: Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Equality within the Courts. The Administrative Office of the Trial Court and the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, 2004. This manual provides important guidelines concerning appropriate behavior for those who work in the judicial branch and for those who use our court system.

Michigan

Bias Free Behavior in the Courts History. Michigan Courts. This pamphlet provides information regarding the history of providing racial and ethnic fairness in Michigan courts.

Report of the State Bar of Michigan Task Force on Racial/Ethnic and Gender Issues in the Courts and Legal Profession.  Lansing: State Bar of Michigan (1998).

 

Summary Report on the Supreme Court’s Efforts to Implement Recommendations of the Citizens Commission to Improve Michigan Courts and the Race/Ethnic and Gender Issues Task Force.  Michigan Supreme Court (1997).  Report contains a summary of the efforts of the Michigan Supreme Court to implement recommendations made by the Citizens Commission and the Race/Ethnic and Gender Issues Task Force concerning the fairness and operation of Michigan Trial Courts.

Minnesota

Nebraska

Minority and Justice Implementation Committee .  Nebraska Judicial Branch.

The Nebraska Minority and Justice Task Force: Final Report
. Lincoln: Nebraska, Supreme Court Minority and Justice Task Force, 2003.

New Jersey

North Dakota

Final Report and Recommendations. North Dakota Commission to Study Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Courts. (June 2012).

Ohio

Racial Fairness Implementation Task Force Action Plan . Ohio Commission on Racial Fairness, 2002.

The Report of the Ohio Commission on Racial Fairness: Final Report . Supreme Court of Ohio and the Ohio State Bar Association, Ohio Commission on Racial Fairness, 1999. 

Oregon

Access to Justice for All CommitteeState of Oregon's Judicial Branch.

Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Oregon Justice System.  Oregon Judicial Department.  This Web site will provide links to various state reports. 

Report of the Oregon Supreme Court Task Force on Racial/Ethnic Issues in the Judicial System.  Salem: Office of the State Court Administrator, Oregon Judicial Department (1994).

Pennsylvania

Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Fairness. Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System.
Final Report of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Committee on Race and Gender Bias in the Justice System (2003).  This comprehensive report discusses gender bias in jury selection in chapter 3; perceptions and occurrences of racial, ethnic, and gender bias in the courtroom in chapter 9; and race and gender bias in the juvenile justice system in chapter 13.

A. Read, and S. Paoletti. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Committee on Racial and Gender Bias in the Justice System: Statement on Special Issues Affecting Non-English Speaking Litigants .  Friends of Farm Workers Inc. (December 2000).  Information about bias-related issues concerning non-English-speaking litigants.

South Dakota

South Dakota Equal Justice Commission: 2006 Final Report and Recommendations . South Dakota Supreme Court, Equal Justice Commission (2006).

Tennessee

Implementing Fairness: The Report to the Committee to Implement the Recommendations of the Race and Ethnic Fairness Commission and Gender Fairness Commission.  Presented to the Tennessee Supreme Court, (October 2000).

Tennessee Supreme Court Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness: Final Report.  Tennessee Supreme Court, Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts (February 1997). 

Utah

Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System.  Utah Supreme Court.

Commission Implementation Report .  Utah Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System (March 2004). 

Commission Implementation Report .  Utah Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System (January 2003). 

Racial and Ethnic Fairness: Report on the State of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System .  Utah Judicial Council's Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Legal System (September 2000). 

Vermont

Washington

Washington State Minority and Justice Commission.

Washington State Minority and Justice Commission: Annual Reports 1994-2011. Washington State Minority and Justice Commission (1994-2011).

African-American Judges in State and Federal Court in the State of Washington. Washington State Minority and Justice Commission (October 26, 2008).

Final Report: Self-Audit for Gender and Racial Equity: A Survey of Washington Law Firms .  Northwest Research Group Inc., 2001.  Final report of results from a survey conducted by the Glass Ceiling Task Force on gender, race and ethnic bias.

West Virginia