State courts in front line of eviction crisis


Molly Justice
Communications Director
National Center for State Courts

Conference of Chief Justices, NCSC point to Attorney General’s letter: “State courts are on front lines of the eviction crisis”

Williamsburg, Va., August 30, 2021 – The Conference of Chief Justices and National Center for State Courts today reiterated their support for ongoing efforts to stem a looming national eviction crisis, pointing to an open letter from United States Attorney General Merrick Garland noting that “state courts are on the front lines of this crisis.”

“We thank Attorney General Garland for the ongoing efforts of the United States Department of Justice to bring attention to, and identify solutions to prevent, an eviction crisis from overwhelming state courts,” said Chief Justice Paul Suttell, the President of the Conference of Chief Justices.

“The looming eviction crisis requires collaboration and partnership, and NCSC is pleased to be at the table with the Justice Department helping find solutions,” said Mary C. McQueen, President of the National Center for State Courts. “The tools we have developed and the information we are sharing will help courts, the bar and the public navigate these unprecedented challenges.”

The National Center for State Courts has developed a suite of tools to assist state courts with eviction diversion, as well as to provide an array of resources to the courts, attorneys and the public on eviction matters. These resources include a diagnostic tool, a series of short videos, and an online national directory of housing legal aid providers that was specifically highlighted in today’s letter from the Attorney General. Learn more at

The National Center for State Courts, headquartered in Williamsburg, Va., is a nonprofit court organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice by providing leadership and service to the state courts. Founded in 1971 by the Conference of Chief Justices and Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger, NCSC provides education, training, technology, management, and research services to the nation’s state courts.