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Trends in State Courts 2022: Best practices, innovative approaches to court administration

Trends in State Courts 2022: Best practices, innovative approaches to court administration

July 20, 2022 -- Collaboration, cooperation and communication are just some of the themes featured in Trends in State Courts 2022. Regardless of the project, process or policy, these actions are critical for success in today’s evolving court environment.

“Outside events have a way of driving change—and change has a way of driving innovation,” notes NCSC President Mary McQueen in the publication’s introduction. “Change is the one constant in our society, and the courts must embrace the opportunities that change can generate.”

Trends in State Courts 2022 is a compilation of 13 articles that covers everything from eliminating racism and bias in the courts to case management, data standards and artificial intelligence. Authors also explore different approaches to public outreach in “Meet People Where They Are!” and “Promoting Public Awareness of Court Resources by Advertising.”

Blending voices and perspectives from the courts, court partners, academia and NCSC subject-matter experts, this year’s edition promises to leave readers with practical applications, timely insights and inspiring thought leadership.

Additional articles featured in the publication:

  • Creating a Post-Pandemic Eviction Court
  • Action Steps to Eliminating Racism and Bias in the Courts
  • The Maryland Justice Passport: Making Effective Referrals from Court Help Centers
  • Truancy CARE Court: The Unique Role of the Collaborative Court Judge
  • Meeting the Needs of Emerging Adults in the Justice System
  • Effective Monitoring of Guardianship and Conservatorship Cases
  • Reimagining Civil Case Management
  • Moving Court Cases Forward: Simulating the Impact of Policy Changes on Caseloads
  • National Open Court Data Standards
  • Exploring the Utility of a DCM Method to Improve Pre-Indictment Dispositions
  • Essential Elements and Ethical Principles for Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence Adoption in Courts

A project led by NCSC’s Knowledge and Information Services division, Trends in State Courts is an annual, peer-reviewed publication that highlights innovative practices in critical areas that are of interest to courts, and often serves as a guide for developing new initiatives and programs and informing and supporting policy decisions. Trends in State Courts is the only publication of its kind and enjoys a wide circulation among the state court community.

Learn more about the submission process for the 2023 publication and the Oct. 17, 2022, abstract deadline.

Registration open for September in-person jury management workshop

While the COVID-19 pandemic changed many aspects of jury operations, the fundamentals are still important. NCSC's Center for Jury Studies invites jury managers, court administrators, clerks of court and judges supervising jury operations to participate in a live workshop in Pittsburgh from Sept. 28 to 30 to learn about fair and effective practices in jury system management.  Space is limited, and the cost is $595 per person.

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