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November/December 2018

Drug and Alcohol Exclusions in Health-Insurance Policies and the Courts Greg Hurley, Senior Analyst, National Center for State Courts

Many states still allow health-insurance policies to include clauses that exclude coverage for injuries suffered while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. What are the policy considerations of such clauses for courts?


October 2018

Overuse of Antibiotics Greg Hurley, Senior Analyst, National Center for State Courts

There are looming ramifications for the court system as common diseases become effectively untreatable as current medical practices allow for significant overuse of antibiotics. This article appeared alongside four other future trends in a 2018 report from NCSC’s Knowledge and Information Services.


September 2018

Mindfulness and the Courts Pamela Casey, Vice President, Research, National Center for State Courts

Change is the new normal for courts. Mindfulness can offer a low-cost, effective strategy for helping court professionals build resilience and agility in meeting the demands and challenges of a rapidly changing workplace.


August 2018

Court Uses RAP to Improve Divorce Cases for Self-Represented Litigants
Danielle Elyce Hirsch, Assistant Director, Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, Civil Justice Division
James “Dan” Wallis, Trial Court Administrator, 22nd Judicial Circuit of McHenry County, Illinois

State courts are improving the service they give to litigants who cannot afford lawyers. The Resolution Assistance Program in McHenry County, Illinois, has cut disposition times by more than half in divorce cases involving self-represented litigants.


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.

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