The CDC’s eviction moratorium is scheduled to end on July 31, 2021, and courts around the country are preparing for a new wave of eviction filings. In anticipation, NCSC has launched an Eviction Diversion Diagnostic Tool. This is an online guided interview that allows court leaders to answer a series of questions about their particular jurisdiction and their appetite for eviction diversion. By answering a few key questions, court leaders are presented with a take-away document that lays out guidance, best practices, and samples from other jurisdictions with a similar profile. The document also offers advice on how they might cooperate with legal aid and rental assistance, along with a model eviction diversion program structure that that they could implement.
For instance, depending on the answers you provide, the tool may recommend a Full Eviction Diversion program, in which your court would add a mandatory case management/pre-trial status hearing to the beginning of each eviction case, and the result of which may be no record of an eviction lawsuit, so that the tenant will not have a record of an eviction filing or judgment. But providing a different set of answers to the tool’s basic questions may steer you in a “medium” or “light” direction.
Answering a few questions can help your court establish a diversion program that can reduce caseloads and offer resources to litigants. Launched as part of CCJ and COSCA’s RRT Implementation Lab on eviction diversion, the development of this tool has been supported by the State Justice Institute.
There are a myriad of resources for courts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic available here including:
- Considerations for High-Volume Dockets During the Pandemic
- Access to Justice Remote Hearings Guide
- Guiding Principles for Post-Pandemic Court Technology
- How to Conduct a Fair and Just Remote Hearing; and
- A Bench Guide for Judges, Conducting Fair and Just Remote Hearings.
There are several Tiny Chats (short, fun annotated videos) about court responses to eviction and eviction diversion, including:
- Five Key Considerations for Court Eviction Response;
- Eviction Diversion;
- Procedural Considerations for Evictions; and
- CDC Eviction Moratorium.
NCSC has held several webinars about national eviction diversion programs and resources that are available as recordings, including: