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Fulton County Georgia Magistrates Court Demonstration Pilot Project

In July 2016, the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) approved a Resolution endorsing 13 recommendations that are designed to transform the civil justice system in our state courts to meet the challenges of contemporary civil caseloads and the needs of those who come to the courts for resolution of their disputes. Following this endorsement, IAALS and NCSC launched a Civil Justice Initiative (CJI) Implementation Plan to support implementation of the recommendations—by developing tools, providing education and technical assistance, evaluating demonstration projects, and hosting regional summits for state action teams.

The CJI Implementation Plan includes funding for three pilot projects whose results will be used to provide valuable lessons about how change can happen. NCSC is working with the demonstration sites to document the implementation process and then evaluate the reforms.

The Magistrate Court of Fulton County, Georgia, has been selected as a pilot demonstration site. In this role, the court’s experience with implementing the recommendations will be shared with others to allow them to learn from the experiences of the court’s efforts.

Other courts that have been selected to participate as demonstration sites are the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Florida, and the 22nd Judicial Court in McHenry County, Illinois.

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