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December

Judicial Selection in the States

The 1970s and 1980s marked the rise of merit selection for judges. However, recent trends have been to eliminate merit selection, alter its components, or return judicial selection “to its roots.”

Author: William Raftery, Knowledge and Information Analyst


November

Judicial Roles for Modern Courts

The “ideal” role of the judge as neutral arbiter was developed in the adversary system, and while it is still relevant for conducting trials, it is not appropriate for misdemeanor, small -claims, and other high-volume courts, and certainly not for problem-solving courts.Judges’ roles need to be taken into account during judicial selection.

Author: Victor Eugene Flango, Executive Director, Program Resource Development, National Center for State Courts (ret.)
Video: The Evolving Role of Judges


October

A Map of the History of Texas: Supreme Court Task Force Works to Preserve Historical Court Records

Historical court records provide an invaluable look at the history of a state and its people. Texas is taking important steps to ensure that these records and the stories they tell are preserved.

Author: Judy L. Marchman, Publications Manager, Texas Bar Journal
Video: Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson discusses how the Texas Supreme Court Task Force is working to preserve historical court records.


September

Improving Access to Justice for Self-Represented Litigants

What can courts do to ensure that self-represented litigants receive the information and help they need? NCSC’s Center on Court Access to Justice for All can help courts answer this question.

Author: Center on Court Access to Justice for All
Videos: New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman discusses Access to Justice.
Connecticut Chief Justice Chase Rodgers talks about Access to Justice.NCSC Deborah Smith discusses her visit to the National Association of State Judicial Educators Conference promoting Access to Justice.


August

New Handbook Offers Strategies for Restoring Court Funding

How can courts best make their case for adequate funding during a period of austerity? They must show how funding cuts and reductions in court services affect the lives of people, not just the courts.

Authors: Jesse Rutledge, Vice President of External Affairs, National Center for State Courts
Bert Brandenburg, Executive Director, Justice at Stake
Video: Jesse Rutledge explains Funding Justice.

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