Coronavirus and the courts
Courts around the country are responding to the coronavirus in numerous ways, working to balance public health and safety with access and openness. NCSC is compiling resources, news, court orders, and more and updating this page on a daily basis.
State court statements on racial justice
State court leaders from around the country have issued numerous statements on the cause of racial justice. Our round-up includes statements from Chief Justices, entire state Supreme Courts, and trial courts. Read them all here.
NCSC in the news
The committee took no action on Adelman's future, with several justices of the peace saying they want to wait for a final report on the county's criminal justice system that should be completed later this month. Representatives of the National Center for State Courts, which is doing the study, gave the committee a brief presentation on their work Tuesday but presented no recommendations.
Requiring face coverings will allow for the continued safe, methodical expansion of court proceedings, the judge wrote. In support for her decision, she cited a public opinion survey by the National Center for State Courts released in June that found 70% of respondents would be more comfortable in a court facility where masks were required.
Students from California, New Jersey and Arizona won first place in the National Center for State Courts’ (NCSC) 2020 Civics Education Essay Contest. Read the full press release.
While the COVID-19 pandemic is putting unparalleled pressure on government at all levels, state courts are findings ways to remain open to provide essential services to the public. This includes ensuring that cases involving constitutional rights and public safety receive the highest priority.