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The Unclear and Uneasy Role of State Courts in Implementing Federal Policy

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Vol. 107 No. 3 (2024) | Justitia

The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) was enacted in 2022. One of the law’s goals is to reduce gun violence by strengthening background checks for potential gun purchasers between the […]

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Common Themes Emerge in 2023 ‘State of the State Judiciary’ Addresses

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Vol. 107 No. 2 (2023) | Generative AI in the Courts

In 48 states, the chief justice of the state supreme court is the “administrative head” of or holds “administrative power” over the state’s judicial branch.1 As such, many chiefs deliver annual “state of the judiciary” addresses, similar to speeches delivered by governors. […]

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“Our Response Must Be Faster and Louder”

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Vol. 107 No. 2 (2023) | Generative AI in the Courts

Those who become judges don the robe expecting to work hard. They accept that the job comes with heavy caseloads, endless filings to read, and difficult decisions that must be made […]

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Renaming Maryland’s Appellate Courts

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Vol. 107 No. 1 (2023) | Toward Fairer, Quicker, Cheaper Litigation

What’s in a name? According to Maryland’s voters, there’s something to it. […]

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Indelible: Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson

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Vol. 107 No. 1 (2023) | Toward Fairer, Quicker, Cheaper Litigation

Shirley Abrahamson’s enduring legacy exists not just in statistics, accolades, and awards. Rather it lies in her innovations in judicial administration, her significant contributions to the development of the law, and the indelible impression she left on the hearts and minds of so many who look to her with admiration and gratitude.

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Faith in Law

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Vol. 107 No. 1 (2023) | Toward Fairer, Quicker, Cheaper Litigation

David F. Levi interviews Dallin H. Oaks, a leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and former justice of the Utah Supreme Court, on faith, democracy, and how believers and nonbelievers can work together toward a more free and fair society for all. […]

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How States Set Judicial Salaries

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Vol. 107 No. 1 (2023) | Toward Fairer, Quicker, Cheaper Litigation

The question of judicial compensation — not just how much, but the mechanism used to set the amount — has been a part of the American discourse on judicial independence since […]

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Trailblazing Chief Justices in the American States

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Vol. 106 No. 3 (2023) | Forging New Trails

The diversity of the American bench is frequently scrutinized by politicians, journalists, academics, and jurists themselves. This has been particularly true in recent years as the U.S. Supreme Court has […]

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Case Processing Time Standards Take Hold in State Courts

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Vol. 106 No. 3 (2023) | Forging New Trails

For centuries, courts have grappled with the question of speedy and timely justice. Until the 20th century, this was almost exclusively viewed as a legal question: At what point does […]

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Best Practices for Trauma-Informed Virtual Hearings

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Vol. 106 No. 2 (2022) | 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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