State Courts

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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State Courts Brace for Budget Hit

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Spring 2021 | Volume 105 Number 1

The COVID-19 pandemic forced drastic changes in the way courts operate and function. It also caused many courts to change their budgetary practices. An October 2020 survey of the Conference […]

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At Least Do The Easy Stuff

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Spring 2021 | Volume 105 Number 1

In these two examples, I have done very little rewriting. I simply used plain words and cut unnecessary words (including the egregiously unnecessary parentheticals). And in the second one, I […]

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2020 Election Litigation: The Courts Held

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Spring 2021 | Volume 105 Number 1

We had an extraordinary election in November 2020. More Americans voted than in any other election, even though an infectious virus still stalked the nation. Immediately following election day, we […]

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Judicial Honors (Spring 2017)

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Spring 2017 | Volume 101 Number 1

Senior Judge MICHAEL M. BAYLSON of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania received the James Wilson Award from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in honor […]

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