U.S. Justice Department, White House highlight NCSC’s eviction diversion resources


Zach Zarnow
Principal Court Management Consultant
National Center for State Courts

U.S. Justice Department, White House highlight NCSC’s eviction diversion resources

Williamsburg, Va., June 24, 2021 — In a letter directed to the nation’s state court leaders, the U.S. Department of Justice today urged them “to consider eviction diversion strategies that can help families avoid the disruption and damage that evictions cause and point to federal resources that can help courts navigate this crisis.” The letter was distributed concurrent with an announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that its moratorium on evictions, initially set to expire on June 30, will be extended until July 31.

In its letter to the nation’s Chief Justices and State Court Administrators, the Justice Department noted that because jurisdictions differ, no single diversion program will work for every court. To that end, the letter continues, “the National Center for State Courts has created an online assessment tool for courts to determine what makes sense for them. The tool provides a model eviction diversion program that courts could implement, along with guidance, best practices, and sample forms from other jurisdictions with a similar profile. The tool also provides a sample bench card that can help guide housing courts as they assess whether diversion might be appropriate.”

The letter and other resources were also posted on the White House website.

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.