State Reform

There have been significant efforts toward reform at the state level over the last ten years, including the creation of numerous state task forces and pilot projects. In 2013, the Conference of Chief Justices adopted a resolution creating a Civil Justice Improvements Committee dedicated to developing recommendations for improving our civil justice system at the state level. With the Conference of Chief Justices' approval of those recommendations in July 2016, the Chiefs have issued a call to action to the state courts to improve their civil justice systems across all fifty states. 

We are excited to support this effort over the next five years as states step up to this challenge. We will continue to track state efforts through our Action on the Ground map, which provides a visual illustration of this activity. We will also be working in conjunction with the National Center for State Courts on a three year implementation project that will include an implementation roadmap, pilot projects, and technical assistance to state courts.

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Over the last two years, IAALS has worked alongside the National Center for State Courts to support the efforts of the Conference of Chief Justices’...
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IAALS provides support for this committee, which has evaluated reform efforts around the country and developed guidelines and best practices.
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The Conference of Chief Justices passed a resolution in July 2016 adopting the Civil Justice Improvements Committee’s report, Call to Action:...
Project
The Action on the Ground map provides a visual representation of the various pilot projects and rules reform efforts around the country.
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