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July 2018

New York State’s Opioid Intervention Court
Hon. Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge, New York Court of Appeals

Opioid addiction has reached crisis levels in the United States. The Opioid Intervention Court in Buffalo New York, serves as a model other state courts could follow to fight this epidemic.

June 2018

Trauma and State Courts
Deborah Smith, Senior Knowledge and Information Services Analyst, National Center for State Courts

Courts across the country are becoming increasingly interested in the effects of trauma on litigants, judges, jurors, and court staff. How should courts approach the traumatic effects that cases can have not only on participants, but also court staff and judges?


May 2018

A Fifty-State Landscape of Judicial Medical Leave Policies
Blake Points Kavanagh, Knowledge and Information Services Specialist, National Center for State Courts, and ICM Fellow 2018

How many state courts have official judicial leave policies, and what is in those policies? What follows is a summary of a research project on judicial leave conducted for the Institute for Court Management’s Fellows program.


April 2018 

Florida's Domestic Violence Judicial Education Programs
Kathleen Tailer, Senior Attorney II, Florida Office of the State Courts Administrator

The domestic violence unit within the Office of the State Courts Administrator in Florida has created innovative education and training solutions to ensure high-level performance by Florida’s judiciary. These solutions include online videos, benchbooks, and regional training programs.


March 2018 

Examining Delay: Its Causes, Consequences, and Possible Solutions in the Colorado Court of Appeals
Nicole L. Waters, Principal Court Research Consultant 
Shauna M. Strickland, Project Management Administrator

State appellate courts need to resolve cases in an impartial and timely manner. This article examines case-processing times in the Colorado Court of Appeals and what steps the court took to decrease case-processing times.


February 2018 

Supporting Judicial Excellence
Jennifer K. Elek, Senior Court Research Associate, National Center for State Courts

How can states better support judicial professional development? A new study explores this question.



January 2018 

High Performance Court Leadership
Janet G. Cornell, Court Consultant, Retired Court Administrator

How can court leaders achieve high performance? This article links the principles of High Performance Courts with concepts in the book High Performance Habits and concludes with high performance practices for court administrators.  


Reports are part of the National Center for State Courts' "Report on Trends in State Courts" and "Future Trends in State Courts" series.
Opinions herein are those of the authors, not necessarily of the National Center for State Courts.