State Courts

Saving Our Profession: It’s Up to Us

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Spring 2017 | Volume 101 Number 1

A number of years ago, a man told me he had been charged with a crime. I asked him how his case was going. With all sincerity and with an […]

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Rebuild our Courts: State Chief Justices Call for Action to Achieve Civil Justice for All

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Spring 2017 | Volume 101 Number 1

Many remember the alarming call to mission control from the Apollo 13 spacecraft crew. “Houston, we’ve had a problem.” Well, dear Judicature readers, we denizens of the judicial system have […]

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Picking Judges: How Judicial-Selection Methods Affect Diversity in State Appellate Courts

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Spring 2017 | Volume 101 Number 1

In the beginning, judges in the 13 original states either were appointed by the governor or selected by the legislature. Over the next 80 years, however, a majority of states […]

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Chief Tammy Morris, Sheriff Mike Williams, Judge Virginia Baker Norton, Richard McKissick, and Mayor Lenny Curry visiting the D.A.W.N. program in 2015.

Lastly: A Judge Honors the Activist Who Brought Her to Jail

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Spring 2017 | Volume 101 Number 1

Pictured Above, Left to Right: Chief Tammy Morris, Sheriff Mike Williams, Judge Virginia Baker Norton, Richard McKissick, and Mayor Lenny Curry visiting the D.A.W.N. program in 2015. I met Richard […]

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A better first paragraph, please

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Summer 2017 | Volume 101 Number 2

Start strong. Our writing guru, Joseph Kimble, breaks down an opinion’s first paragraph to show a better way. Original Pending before the Court is a letter motion by plaintiff Amy […]

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Judicial Honors Fall/Winter 2020–21

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Fall/Winter 2020–21 | Volume 104 Number 3

Justice Michelle Keller of the Supreme Court of Kentucky received the Kentucky Bar Association’s Distinguished Judge Award. The award honors a judge who has made outstanding contributions to the legal […]

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Court Communications for the Disinformation Age

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Fall/Winter 2020–21 | Volume 104 Number 3

As communication tools evolve, it’s critical that courts understand how traditional and new media can be used, and on occasion misused, to communicate effectively with the public. Two recent publications […]

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Building Administrative Scaffolding in Small Courts: Experiences in the U.S. and Abroad

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Fall/Winter 2020–21 | Volume 104 Number 3

In 2014, two years after graduating law school, I was appointed to serve as a municipal court judge in Guadalupe, Ariz.1 The town had the highest unemployment rate in Maricopa […]

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Assessing Safety and Security Challenges in State Courts

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Fall/Winter 2020–21 | Volume 104 Number 3

As the number of reported incidents of courthouse violence has increased,1 awareness of the need to improve security in state courts has also grown. At the same time, courts have […]

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Jury Trials in a Pandemic Age

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Fall/Winter 2020–21 | Volume 104 Number 3

The foundation of our justice system is the jury trial. In criminal cases, the Sixth Amendment provides that “the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, […]

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