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July 2020

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Month: July 2020

Budget & Fiscal Management Virtual National Program

24th Jun 2020

In this course, Budget & Fiscal Management, participants will explore financial and accounting fundamentals and learn how to apply them, regardless of their specific role on the budget process.  Specific areas of focus include the relationship between strategic planning and budgeting, financial reporting, the perspective of the funding authority, competing for budget resources, and budgeting for facilities-related expenses, including big ticket items such as renovation or construction.  This course takes place from June 24, 25, 30, and July 1, 2020 (Zoom sessions from 1-5 pm ET each day).  See flyer for more details.

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Munsterman Award nominations being accepted

7th Jul 2020

The Center for Jury Studies at the National Center for State Courts is accepting nominations for the G. Thomas Munsterman Award for Jury Innovation. The award is named for G. Thomas Munsterman, founder and former director of the Center for Jury Studies and an internationally renowned innovator in jury systems and research. First presented in 2008, the award was established to recognize states, local courts, individuals, or other organizations that have made significant improvements or innovations in jury procedures, operations, or practices in one of the following categories:

  • state or local statutes, rules, or other formal changes
  • jury management or technology
  • in-court improvements
  • other improvements or innovations

Nominations for the Munsterman Award are currently being accepted through August 28, 2020. Learn more here.

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NCSC Lawyers Committee Stakeholder Call

10th Jul 2020

By invitation only. NCSC experts, staff and board members will give an update to members of the NCSC Lawyers and Young Lawyers Committees on Friday, July 10 at 2PM EST.   Please contact Francie Teer (757-259-1858) for more information.

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CANCELLED - National Association for Court Management (NACM) Board Meeting and Annual Conference

12th Jul 2020

The National Association for Court Management will be holding its Annual Board of Directors Meeting and Conference July 12-16, 2020 at the Hilton New Orleans in Louisiana.  Questions contact: Conference Services.

NACM is committed to improving the administration of justice and promoting the interdependence of court managers and judges. The theme of this year’s annual conference will be “Courts and Society: Creating Public Trust Through Engagement and Innovation.”

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Part 2: Community Engagement, Trust and Confidence: Engaging, Listening and Improving Justice for All

14th Jul 2020

Episode 2 of the Community Engagement webinar series will introduce several of the Community Engagement pilot sites, whose participants will discuss their experiences in planning and convening engagements with court users and stakeholders in minority communities, including young adults and Native Americans. The speakers will showcase how their teams work both individually and collaboratively to engage the public while also advancing understanding of how courts can best overcome social inequities and bias and build trust. They will be joined by social scientists from the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center and the Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice, who will engage in a lively discussion about the science of public participation and its implications for more meaningful community engagement. The panelists will also discuss the multiple types of participation being used in the six Community Engagement Pilot projects and the findings emerging from those engagements.

Welcome and Introduction

Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, Supreme Court of Texas; President, Conference of Chief Justices


Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, District of Columbia Court of Appeals


Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican, Supreme Court of Nebraska

Joseph A. Hamm, PhD, Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University

Benita Jones, Public Information Officer, Kansas City, Missouri Municipal Division

John Laing, Chief Experience and Diversity Officer, Executive Office of the Massachusetts Trial Court

Jeffrey Tsunekawa, Director of Research and Court Services, Texas Office of Court Administration

Lisa M. PytlikZillig, PhD, Research Associate Professor, Public Policy Center, University of Nebraska

Corey Steel, State Court Administrator, Supreme Court of Nebraska

For more information, contact Tina Vagenas.

Click here to register for Part 2.

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Essential Steps to Tackle Backlog and Prepare for a Surge in New Cases

17th Jul 2020

State courts across the country mostly shut down in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While some courts transitioned quickly to a remote working environment, physical courthouses were generally closed for in-person proceedings, including jury and bench trials.  As a result, state courts face a large backlog of civil and family cases waiting for judges and court staff as they resume slightly more normal court operations.  Complicating the task of tackling backlogs is the specter of a surge of civil and family cases in the coming months due to the economic impact of stay-at-home orders in most states.

For judges and court staff, “working harder” will not be enough to fully address either the existing backlog or increased civil and family caseloads, especially given expected cuts to judicial system budgets and as court resources are shifted internally to address similar backlogs on criminal dockets.  At the same time, and perhaps now more than ever before, courts have an obligation to use resources wisely and work efficiently, and to do so in a way that does not compromise access to justice or jeopardize critical and well-established principles of procedural fairness.

During this webinar, respected state court leaders discuss essential steps to make civil and family case processing more effective, efficient, and fair to litigants.


  • Judge Jennifer Bailey, Administrative Judge, Civil Division, 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida
  • Judge Gregory Sakall, Presiding Judge, Family Division, Superior Court in Pima County, Arizona

POC: Alicia Davis and Paula Hannford-Agor

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VIRTUAL - COSCA Board Meeting

21st Jul 2020

The COSCA Board meeting will take place from 2-4 pm EST.  More information to come!

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VIRTUAL - Justice Family Institute (JFI) Board Meeting

21st Jul 2020

The Justice Family Institute (JFI) Board meeting will take place July 21, 2020 from 2 - 4 pm.  Contact: Nikiesha Cosby.

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VIRTUAL - Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators (CCJ and COSCA) Annual Conference

22nd Jul 2020

By Invitation Only. The Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators (CCJ and COSCA) Annual Conference July 22-August 1, 2020 in Portland, OR.  Questions:  contact COSCA Information.

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VIRTUAL - CCJ Board Meeting

22nd Jul 2020

By Invitation Only.  The Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) Board meeting will take place July 22, 2020 from 2 - 4 pm.  Contact: Nikiesha Cosby.

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