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March 2020

Trailblazing Women of the State Courts
Jessica Rider, Knowledge and Information Analyst

Meet the trailblazing women who made a difference in the court community in the 20th century.


 February 2019

The Future of Restoring Voting Rights for Ex-Felons: The Surprising Facts
Peter C. Kiefer, Court Consultant, Arizona

Should ex-felons have their right to vote restored? If so, will this have any effect on court workloads?


January 2019

Issues of Excessive Fines Coming to a Court Near You
Hon. Patrick Carroll, Presiding Judge, Lakewood Municipal Court, Ohio

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering applying the Eighth Amendment’s Excessive Fines Clause to the states. Will this affect the assessment of court costs and fees, in addition to fines?

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