The Public Engagement Pilot Initiative is a joint collaboration of the National Center for State Courts and the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center. This partnership will execute and oversee the Public Engagement Pilot Projects.


After a nationwide call for proposals, the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) in December 2018 has selected six public engagement pilot projects from an exciting and diverse group of proposals. Over approximately 18 months, the pilot projects will receive resources and support from the NCSC in partnership with the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center.  The team will work both individually and collaboratively to engage their communities, while also advancing understanding of how courts can best engage the public to overcome social inequities and bias and build trust. Included in this effort are the following:

  • Administrative Office of the Massachusetts Trial Court
  • Franklin County, Ohio Municipal Court
  • Kansas City, Missouri Municipal Court
  • Nebraska Supreme Court Office of the State Court Administrator
  • Puerto Rico Judicial Branch
  • Texas Office of Court Administration


One of the outcomes of this initiative will be a toolkit for other courts to use in their own public engagement efforts. Below are some initial documents that provide a starting place for thinking about designing public engagements. These may be revised and additional documents may be added as they are developed, so check back here for updates.

If you have questions about the project, please contact Konstantina Vagenas at kvagenas@ncsc.org