State Courts

Best Practices for Trauma-Informed Virtual Hearings

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Vol. 106 No. 2 | Losing faith?

When physical distancing measures required courts to quickly adapt operations, the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) saw an opportunity to examine the experience of families and child welfare court […]

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‘The People’ Have Decided

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Vol. 106 No. 2 | Losing faith?

There are many great judges. Only some have a major impact on our law — or even more rarely on our larger culture and society — and most of those […]

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Trauma-Informed Judicial Practice from the Judges’ Perspective

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Vol. 106 No. 2 | Losing faith?

Research sends a clear message: The effects of trauma cannot be ignored within our court system. Up to 90 percent of adolescents and 75 percent of adults involved in the […]

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Judges, Judging and Otherwise

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Vol. 106 No. 2 | Losing faith?

Ask the average person to imagine what a judge does, and the answer will most likely be something right out of a courtroom from Law & Order — or Legally Blonde, Just Mercy, My […]

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Helping Courts Address Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Vol. 106 No. 2 | Losing faith?

As the challenges of adjusting to the covid pandemic ease within state courts, persistent concerns regarding the fairness and equity of these same courts remain. Efforts to address these longer-term issues […]

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A Tale of Two Restrictions

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Vol. 106 No. 1 | Necessarily Engaged

The Dynamic Effect of Contribution Limits and Direct Solicitation Rules on Individual Donations to State Supreme Court Campaigns Campaign finance is regulated up and down the ballot under the government’s […]

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Polarization and Partisanship in State Supreme Court Elections

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Vol. 105 No. 3 | Leaving Afghanistan

Click here to download this article’s accompanying appendix. The increase in partisan polarization in the United States over the last several decades is evident in a variety of ways: in roll-call […]

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Point Counterpoint

Jurors Asking Questions

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Vol. 100 No. 1 | 100 Years of Judicature

In some courtrooms, the practice of allowing jurors to pose questions to witnesses is gaining traction. Questioning witnesses allows jurors to clarify information and better understand the evidence and arguments […]

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Statutes — Clear or Confusing — What is a judge’s responsibility?

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Vol. 100 No. 1 | 100 Years of Judicature

Second Circuit Judge Robert A. Katzmann brings his unique professional career, including his distinguished experience and expertise in legislature, in academia, and as a jurist, to his masterful new book, […]

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Independent Spending in State Supreme Court Elections After Citizens United

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Vol. 100 No. 1 | 100 Years of Judicature

In January 2010, the United States Supreme Court ruled that bans on independent expenditures by labor unions and corporations violated the First Amendment’s guarantee of free expression. Given the polarizing […]

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