Implementation Lab Initiative

Implementation labThe RRT Implementation Lab is Up and Running

In February 2021, the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) Rapid Response Team (RRT) selected and notified over 40 sites to kick-off the work of the Implementation Lab. Sites were selected from across about a dozen categories, representing innovations underway in 19 states. All selected sites will benefit from participating in a national learning community that will share resources, experiences, and challenges. Sites will be participating in regular workshops and receiving one-on-one technical assistance from subject matter experts and connect with other courts that are implementing similar innovations. Ultimately, each of the sites’ implementation plans, progress, challenges, and sustainability strategies will be synthesized and documented to provide implementation recommendations for the national court community.

The categories include:

  1. Pre-Trial Practices
  2. Remote and Virtual Hearings
  3. Remote Workforce
  4. Domestic Violence
  5. Online Dispute Resolution
  6. Virtual Jury Selection and Jury Trials
  7. Self-Represented Litigants
  8. Language Access Technology
  9. High-Volume Dockets
  10. Eviction Diversion
  11. Case Management (Civil Justice Initiative and Family Justice Initiative or Criminal)

Applications Remain Open

While initial sites have been selected, courts are encouraged to continue to submit applications in our rolling application process. Click here to view, download and save the application form. Once your form is completed, return it via email to Nora Sydow.

More About the RRT Implementation Lab Initiative

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, CCJ and COSCA’s RRT and NCSC have worked to identify and develop innovations and new practices in response to the pandemic. As a result, state courts have seen more transformation in the last nine months than it has in the last several decades. To help spread this innovation widely and to continue to learn from sites implementing new practices, the RRT and NCSC launched the 2021 Implementation Lab Initiative with funding from the State Justice Institute. The overall goal of the Implementation Lab Initiative is to foster the implementation of sustainable innovations across a large, diverse group of courts throughout the United States, to continue to learn about the impact of these innovations, and to nationally spread lessons learned throughout the process.