A Model Process for Family Justice Initiative Pathways
A Model Process for Family Justice Initiative Pathways
April 10, 2019
This publication is a supplemental guide to the Family Justice Initiative's Principles for Family Justice Reform and sets forth best practices to triaging domestic relations cases that match parties and cases to resources and services.
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Principles for Family Justice Reform
Family Justice Initiative
April 10, 2019
The Family Justice Initiative has released a final report with Principles for Family Justice Reform that cover a broad spectrum of improvements to the way domestic relations cases are handled. The Conference of Chief Justices has approved the Principles.
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Initial Discovery Protocols
for First-Party Insurance Property Damage Cases Arising from Disasters
February 20, 2019
These Initial Discovery Protocols for First-Party Insurance Property Damage Cases Arising from Disasters provide a new pretrial procedure for cases involving first-party insurance property damage claims arising from man-made or natural disasters. They are designed to be implemented by trial judges, lawyers, and litigants in state and federal courts.
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Listen > Learn > Lead
A Guide to Improving Court Services through User-Centered Design
January 30, 2019
This guide provides courts and similar organizations with the tools to create their own design sprint workshops wherein they can solicit the knowledge and experience from both self-represented litigants and other court stakeholders to simplify and improve court processes.
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Efficiency in Motion
Recommendations for Improving Dispositive Motions Practice in State and Federal Courts
January 17, 2019
Judges and attorneys from across the country point to dispositive motions as a critical area for reform. When used appropriately, these motions can make civil litigation more efficient; but when they are filed reflexively, and are not thoughtfully managed or timely ruled upon by the court, they inject additional cost and delay into court systems across the country. This report calls for a new paradigm for motion practice in the United States.
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Eighteen Ways Courts Should Use Technology to Better Serve Their Customers
October 30, 2018
This report provides a path forward to help courts use existing technologies to improve the user experience, particularly for those people who choose to represent themselves.
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The Landscape of Domestic Relations Cases in State Courts
Family Justice Initiative
October 4, 2018
A first of its kind study, this report brings together national data from family cases that confirms what we have long known at IAALS: family courts must do more to focus on problem solving rather than rely on the traditional structure framed around an adversarial approach.
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Better Access through Unbundling
From Ideation to Implementation
August 16, 2018
This report provides a summary of the recommendations and solutions coming out of the IAALS/ABA Better Access through Unbundling conference, which are designed to add to the strengthening foundation for widespread implementation of unbundled legal services.
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Recommendations for Judicial Discipline Systems
July 20, 2018
In this report, we make recommendations for judicial discipline systems that are designed to achieve a balance between transparency and accountability, confidentiality and trustworthiness—all with the goal of enhancing public trust and confidence in the judges of this nation.
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Efficiency in Motion
Summary Judgment in the U.S. District Courts
May 31, 2018
IAALS has focused on understanding the current motions landscape and issuing recommendations for improvement. This report is intended to spark a national conversation about the current challenges of summary judgment, a process by which the court can rule on a portion or all of the issues in a case without proceeding to trial.
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Non-ALJ Adjudicators in Federal Agencies
Status, Selection, Oversight, and Removal
May 11, 2018
This report to the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) describes a large but relatively unknown group of executive branch adjudicators who are not “Administrative Law Judges” (ALJs) governed by the Administrative Procedure Act. ACUS commissioned this report to obtain data and provide recommendations concerning non-ALJs’ appointment, independence, and oversight.
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Redefining Case Management
May 1, 2018
Despite the recent focus on case management, and the literature and experience on the ground that all pointed to the importance of case management decades ago, it is still not the norm. This report recognizes that case management is essential for judges, courts, attorneys, and—most importantly—the litigants.
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Performance Measures for Civil Justice
September 1, 2017
This document provides a description of common metrics and methods for assessing the effectiveness of existing and newly implemented civil justice rules and business practices.
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Assessing Areas for Impact in Civil Justice Reform: A Questionnaire for State Courts
September 1, 2017
This questionnaire provides a structured self-assessment tool to help court leaders highlight areas within their civil justice system in need of reform as well as potential implementation barriers.
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Judicial Recusal Procedures
A Report on the IAALS Convening
July 18, 2017
Judicial recusal in appropriate circumstances is essential to ensuring a judiciary that is qualified and impartial and that inspires public trust. But states vary substantially in the key features of their judicial recusal procedures. This report makes eight recommendations for crafting recusal procedures that are efficient, transparent, and fair to both judge and litigant.
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