State Courts

Why Are State Judges Among Us?

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Summer 2016 | Volume 100 Number 2

A considerable number of judges are stepping away from the bench and their chambers in order to interact with the public through judicial outreach activities. Why? We execute a nationwide survey […]

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Crossing the line? Recent ethics cases show that the line between personal and judicial conduct can be blurred

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Autumn 2016 | Volume 100 Number 3

Not all extrajudicial conduct on which the public may frown has been considered sanctionable in judicial discipline proceedings; after all, as Robert Louis Stevenson wrote in The Strange Case of Dr. […]

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The Fluidity of Judicial Coalitions

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Autumn 2016 | Volume 100 Number 3

A surprising look at coalitions within the supreme courts of the United States and Indiana In June 2001, the United States Supreme Court decided three closely watched deportation cases by […]

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Up, Down, All Around

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Autumn 2016 | Volume 100 Number 3

Legislative proposals to change state supreme court compositions gaining popularity The last decade has seen a dramatic uptick in legislative efforts to change the composition of state courts of last […]

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How the States Avoid Supreme Stalemates

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Winter 2016 | Volume 100 Number 4

State high courts avoid tie votes in a variety of ways, some more juris-prudent than others. Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing portends a seismic realtering of the Supreme Court’s ideological balance. […]

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From the Editor-in-Chief Cheri Beasley

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Winter 2016 | Volume 100 Number 4

The ability to pay court fines, including jail and prison fees, has remained an issue since Michigan first authorized the imposition of correctional fees in 1846.1 Today, many courts order […]

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Money or Justice? How Fees and Fines Have Contributed to Distrust and What Chief Justices Can Do About It

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Winter 2016 | Volume 100 Number 4

Duke Law Dean David F. Levi recently convened a roundtable discussion among leaders of a national task force that aims to study and address the courts’ role in the problems […]

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Judges Can Fix the System: Here’s How

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Winter 2016 | Volume 100 Number 4

Melissa J. Showed up in my court last year with four kids in tow. Her children quietly watched from a nearby table while I spoke with her. The charges against […]

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Disorder in the Courts: The varied ways states establish and oversee courts presents challenges for reform

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Winter 2016 | Volume 100 Number 4

Limited jurisdiction courts are coming under new scrutiny and criticism amid calls for criminal justice reform. The Department of Justice’s report on police and court practices in the city of […]

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What do Americans want in their state judges?

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Spring 2021 | Volume 105 Number 1

As scholars regularly document,1 states have frequently changed their systems of judicial selection and retention. What remains unknown is whether these systems actually address the kinds of qualities citizens value […]

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