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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Court Compass: Mapping the Future of User Access through Technology
May 23, 2017
Our studies show that the court system does an insufficient job helping people navigate their way through the system to resolution. People feel frustrated, lost, disempowered, and disillusioned by our legal system, especially self-represented litigants. In an effort to address this issue, IAALS' Court Compass project intends to create a shared base of information that will allow us to move toward solutions.
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Transforming Our Civil Justice System for the 21st Century: A Roadmap for Implementation
May 19, 2017
This roadmap provides guidance and support for implementing the Conference of Chief Justices recommendations for improving the American civil justice system in a way that is thoughtful, responsive to the needs of court users, well-designed, and well-executed—so that the reforms have the greatest possibility of success.
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Foundations for Practice: Hiring the Whole Lawyer: Experience Matters
January 17, 2017
This report analyzes data from the Foundations for Practice survey regarding hiring practices and answers this question: How can employers hire new lawyers who have the foundations they desire?
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Transparent Courthouse Revisited
An Updated Blueprint for Judicial Performance Evaluation
January 11, 2017
This publication offers a menu of recommended practices and tools for designing and implementing a judicial performance evaluation program that fosters legitimacy in the eyes of the public and the judges.
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Creating the Just, Speedy, and Inexpensive Courts of Tomorrow
Ideas for Impact from IAALS’ Fourth Civil Justice Reform Summit
August 15, 2016
In February 2016, IAALS hosted its Fourth Civil Justice Reform Summit with the goal of charting the next steps for creating the just, speedy, and inexpensive courts of tomorrow. This report summarizes the discussion at the Summit and captures current efforts toward reform, challenges of implementation, and specific proposals that were shared.
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Call to Action
Call to Action: Achieving Civil Justice for All
Recommendations to the Conference of Chief Justices by the Civil Justice Improvements Committee
August 3, 2016
The Conference of Chief Justices’ Civil Justice Improvements Committee was formed in 2013 to examine the civil justice system and develop a comprehensive set of recommendations for civil justice reform. This report is a call to action to the state courts to improve our civil justice system—and a strategic response in the form of thirteen recommendations for restoring function and faith in a system that is too important to lose.
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