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Disinformation is false or inaccurate information that is spread deliberately, most often by adversaries. Misinformation is false, inaccurate or incomplete information that is spread mistakenly or unintentionally. Disinformation and misinformation campaigns directed toward the judiciary cause a crisis of confidence that trickles down to the smallest court in the smallest state.

Left unchecked, disinformation can threaten the safety of judicial officers, court staff and the public; fracture our communities; and reduce trust in court rulings, opinions and the democratic process. Disinformation, allowed to advance unimpeded or unanswered, can affect the ability of courts to do their duty and harm the people who depend on court services.

At NCSC, we are committed to proactively educating the public and our court partners about the threat of disinformation and how to counteract it.