NCSC’s website now easier to view

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NCSC’s website now easier to view

Editor’s Note: We know the coronavirus pandemic is first and foremost on your minds, and we’ll continue to use this newsletter to give you information about the pandemic that we hope you’ll find useful and interesting. But starting this week – for the first time in nearly three months --  we’ll start reporting on other things as well.

Last year, we started using a new search engine to make it easier for you to find information on our website, www.ncsc.org, including our 28 microsites. And about a week ago, we finished our transition to a new content management system that will make it easier for you to view our website from your cell phones and tablets.

This transition includes a new look and feel, and a new, more responsive design that will optimize viewing on the device of your choice, whether that’s a desktop computer, a tablet or a phone.

“The National Center’s rich information resources are a reflection of our nearly 50 years of work with the state courts,” said Jesse Rutledge, NCSC’s Vice President for External Affairs. “At the same time, court leaders want to know what is happening now, and why it’s important. Our recent website updates make it easier for court leaders to stay up with the latest news. ”

Although the transition is complete, during the next couple of months, you may notice additional changes as we make refinements to continue to improve the website. One major  change involves the popular Court Statistics Project site, which received a total redesign.

Pam Burton, NCSC’s web content editor and manager, oversaw the migration to and launch on the new platform, an effort that involved dozens of staffers across all our divisions.

“There's been no better time than 2020 to improve both our visitors' experience and to upgrade our staff's tools for managing web content,” she said, “as we balance the need to post new analysis fast with making our existing and archival resources easier to find.”

We invite you to visit our website if you haven’t recently and let us know what you think. Contact Burton at pburton@ncsc.org if you have any comments.


Have information to share about how your court is responding to the pandemic? Submit it to pandemic@ncsc.org.


Register for RRT's next webinar: Reestablishing Jury Pools in the COVID-19 Era

The first step in resuming jury trials involves summoning and qualifying a pool of prospective jurors from which to select juries. In addition to suspending jury trials since mid-March, most courts stopped mailing jury summonses. CCJ/COSCA's Rapid Response Team's (RRT) next webinar, held Thursday, June 4 at 1 pm EDT, will provide information to help jury operations ramp back up, including recommendations for excusal, deferral, and FTA policies. It will also address concerns about jury pools that may underrepresent racial and ethnic minorities due to their increased risk of severe health consequences from the coronavirus. Register here.