Court Leadership

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NCSC has assembled a team of expert practitioners and scholars to brainstorm and make recommendations to help courts more effectively provide justice for all, including for society’s poorest, weakest and most disenfranchised people. The Just Horizons Council will address a series of questions in five phases during the next 18 months.

Role of State Courts in Federal Courts coverThe Role of State Courts in Our Federal System

This January 2022 report from NCSC, supported with funding from the State Justice Institute, identifies 277 federal laws that ask state courts to take specific action (or to not take actions) with respect to federal matters. The Role of the State Courts in Our Federal System offers a comprehensive cataloguing of where affirmative obligations have been imposed on the state courts through federal laws.

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Harvard Executive Session

Papers discuss broad array of court principles, themes, concerns

Through its six meetings over three years, the Harvard Executive Session set out to both develop and answer questions that U.S. state courts will face in the foreseeable future, attempting to clarify what leaders of state courts can and should do to distinguish their role in our system of democratic governance.

This video explains the purpose of the Harvard Executive Session for State Court Leaders in the 21st Century.