Trends in State Courts is an annual, peer-reviewed publication that highlights innovative practices in critical areas that are of interest to courts, and often serves as a guide for developing new initiatives and programs and informing and supporting policy decisions. Trends in State Courts is the only publication of its kind and enjoys a wide circulation among the state court community.
Trends in State Courts 2021
While courts return to a new “normal,” the challenges of 2020 linger. The 2021 edition of Trends in State Courts highlights how courts responded to big social issues.
Trends in State Courts 2020 examined the seismic events that overtook the courts that year: COVID-19 and the nationwide protests over racial injustice in law enforcement. Other articles included online dispute resolution in Ohio, the Family Justice Initiative, and the future of courthouse design.
Trends in State Courts 2019 examined the various ways courts can make their services and processes more relevant to the public. Articles took up such topics as drug treatment and rehabilitation, courts investing in their “human capital,” and the use of technology in promoting the rule of law.
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NCSC is accepting submissions for the 2022 edition of Trends in State Courts publications through Oct. 31, 2021.