State Courts

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Cell Phones in Court: Court cell phone policies attempt to balance risks with litigants’ needs

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Fall/Winter 2018 | Volume 102 Number 3

A resolution adopted by the Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators in August 2018 (Resolution 7) encourages courts to carefully review and assess their policies for […]

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Going, Going, But Not Quite Gone: Trials Continue to Decline in Federal and State Courts. Does it Matter?

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Winter 2017 | Volume 101 Number 4

Trials, particularly jury trials, once played a central role in the American legal system. No longer.2 While trial remains a theoretical possibility in every case, the reality is quite different. […]

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How State Courts are Preparing for Continuity in Disaster

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Winter 2017 | Volume 101 Number 4

As hurricanes threatened the southern parts of the United States this summer and fall, state courts were confronted with the challenge of not just maintaining operations but also determining when […]

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Far More Than Mere Mistakes: Judicial Commissions Sanction Judges Who Impose Fines Without Due Process

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Summer 2017 | Volume 101 Number 2

In the roundtable discussion “Money or Justice? How Fees and Fines Have Contributed to Deep Distrust of the Courts — And What Chief Judges Are Doing About It” (from the […]

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