State Courts

Cover Art Fall 2019 Judicature

Fixing Fees, Fines & Bail: Toward a Fairer System of Justice

by David F. Levi, Scott Bales, Douglas Beach, Mark Martin, Judith Nakamura, Stuart Rabner, Martin Hoshino and Mary McQueen

Fall 2019 | Volume 103 Number 3

State Chief Justices and Court Administrators Discuss What’s Working — And What’s Not — As Courts Strive to Reform Fees, Fines, and Bail Practices Long ignored and highly localized, abusive Continue Reading »

To Pay or Not To Pay?

by Jay Bilas

Fall 2019 | Volume 103 Number 3

Attorney, ESPN analyst, and former NCAA basketball player Jay Bilas weighs in on the debate over paying collegiate athletes The cover story of the summer 2019 edition of Judicature was, Continue Reading »

Judge Pamela Chen

Judicial Honors

by Judicature Staff

Summer 2019 | Volume 103 Number 2

Nina Ashenafi-Richardson, a judge with the Leon County Court system in Florida and the first Ethiopian-born judge in the United States, received the Florida Bar’s 2019 Distinguished Judicial Service Award Continue Reading »

State Judicial Selection: Reforms to Promote a Fair and Independent Judiciary

by Alicia Bannon

Spring 2019 | Volume 103 Number 1

Less than a generation ago, state supreme court elections were subdued affairs. Candidates — to the extent they actively campaigned at all — primarily discussed their qualifications and backgrounds. Political Continue Reading »

States Continue to Experiment with Partisan Judicial Elections

by William Raftery

Spring 2019 | Volume 103 Number 1

2019 marks the fourth consecutive year of unusually high interest among the states in shifting from partisan to nonpartisan, or from nonpartisan to partisan, judicial elections. It began in 2015, Continue Reading »

The Disappearing Probate Court

by William Raftery

Summer 2019 | Volume 103 Number 2

In 1967, Maine voters amended the state constitution to authorize the elimination of the state’s county-controlled, county-operated, county-funded Probate Courts.[1] In 2019, the Maine legislature debated a “concept draft” enabling Continue Reading »

51 Imperfect Solutions: State and Federal Judges Consider the Role of State Constitutions

by David F. Levi, Allison Eid, Joan Larsen, Goodwin Liu and Jeffrey Sutton

Spring 2019 | Volume 103 Number 1

Judge Jeffrey Sutton is one of our most respected and admired federal appellate judges. He has served on the Sixth Circuit, with chambers in Columbus, Ohio, since his appointment to Continue Reading »

Conversations of a Lifetime: The Power of the Sentencing Colloquy and How to Make It Matter

by Robin L. Rosenberg

Summer 2019 | Volume 103 Number 2

In recent years, there has been increased attention on sentencing, and particularly sentencing disparities. The thrust and focus of this attention have been on the statistics of sentencing and reforms, Continue Reading »

51 Imperfect Solutions

Taking “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” Seriously

by Jon O. Newman

Summer 2019 | Volume 103 Number 2

Editor’s note: This article was written by Judge Jon O. Newman during his tenure as the Bolch Judicial Institute’s inaugural Distinguished Judge in Residence. The Institute’s Distinguished Judge in Residence Continue Reading »

Does Merit Selection Work?

by Gbemende E. Johnson

Summer 2019 | Volume 103 Number 2

As states such as Iowa and Pennsylvania debate their judicial selection systems, whether merit selection works is the key question that motivates Greg Goelzhauser’s innovative and timely inquiry in Judicial Continue Reading »