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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.