Priorities & Strategic plan

“A system of justice cannot be genuinely fair and responsive to public need if it is not efficient.”

- Chief Justice
Warren E. Burger

ROADMAP TO JUSTICE CAMPAIGN

You can read the full 2020-2021 campaign report here. (pdf)

NCSC ACCESS AND FAIRNESS CAMPAIGN

You can read the full 2017-2019 campaign report here. (pdf)

At its July 2020 meeting, NCSC’s Board of Directors adopted the Roadmap to Justice Campaign 2020-2021. Public opinion surveys, including those commissioned by NCSC, make clear that the judicial branch is the most trusted branch of government, but NCSC and the nation’s state court leaders realize there is much work to be done.

The Roadmap to Justice Campaign contains these five initiatives:

  • Develop and introduce innovative legal and administrative processes that increase access and fairness while reducing the cost, time and complexity of litigation.
  • Increase trust and confidence in the Rule of Law by advancing responsive, coherent and collaborative judicial initiatives.
  • Expand access to court services while ensuring procedural fairness.
  • Continue to provide judicial leaders with additional leadership and governance skills.
  • Just Horizons: Charting the Future of the Courts. (This is an effort by an invitation-only team of experts – justices, judges, administrators and scholars – to identify actions that courts should take now to ensure a thriving court system in the future.)

These five initiatives are the byproduct of lengthy discussions with advisory committees and court association leaders, a review of the major trends and issues identified by other court organizations, and key findings from NCSC public opinion polls.

The Roadmap to Justice Campaign builds on work done in NCSC’s Access and Fairness Campaign 2017-2019, which focused on curbing the erosion of public trust and confidence in our judicial institutions. That plan led to the creation (or continuation) of numerous projects, such as the Civil Justice Initiative, the Family Justice Initiative and the Community Engagement Project.

This work will involve dozens of NCSC researchers and consultants who collaborate with court officials nationwide. In addition, NCSC’s International Division will continue to work in other countries to enhance their judicial systems, its Institute for Court Management will continue to educate the nation’s state court professionals, and its Association Services Department will manage 17 court-related associations.

NCSC’s mission -- promoting the rule of law and improving the administration of justice in state courts and courts around the world – springs logically from its original purpose to gather information and produce innovations to benefit all courts. Read about our mission and history here.

“A system of justice cannot be genuinely fair and responsive to public need if it is not efficient.”

- Chief Justice
Warren E. Burger

ROADMAP TO JUSTICE CAMPAIGN

You can read the full 2020-2021 campaign report here. (pdf)

NCSC ACCESS AND FAIRNESS CAMPAIGN

You can read the full 2017-2019 campaign report here. (pdf)