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COVID-19

Expert Opinion: In the Face of a Justice Crisis, There Is Strength in Numbers

Brittany Kauffman
Courts around the country are focused on staying open to ensure access to justice is available; however, with so many doing so much, we need to ensure cross-pollination of these varied ideas by sharing knowledge and combining our collective intellectual capacity across the various silos within our system.

CCJ and COSCA Release Guiding Principles for Post-Pandemic Court Technology

Maddie Hosack
Courts across the country have made giant strides in the use of technology in the wake of COVID-19. The Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators are urging state court officials to continue this momentum, and they have recommended six principles related to courts’ use of technology...

Utah Supreme Court Makes History with Vote to Establish Regulatory Sandbox

Zachariah DeMeola
Last week, in a historic vote, the Utah Supreme Court voted unanimously to establish a regulatory sandbox for nontraditional legal services providers in order to address the state’s access to justice crisis. These rule changes will allow individuals and entities to explore creative ways to safely allow the practice of...

Finding the Right Legal Information Online Is Difficult, But Does It Have to Be?

Natalie Anne Knowlton
The Stanford Legal Design Lab's Legal Help FAQs is a central national platform where people can find information on eviction (and related issues) and links to resources that are specific to their area. This work represents an important step forward in the movement to make relevant legal information more readily...

NCSC 2020 Trends in State Courts Highlights the Family Justice Initiative

Maddie Hosack
​Last month, the National Center for State Courts released their 2020 Trends in State Courts, which includes discussion of the Family Justice Initiative and its Principles for Family Justice Reform. The principles emphasize problem solving and cooperation between parties—especially when children are involved.

Leaders Call for the Expansion of Legal Services by Unlocking Legal Regulation

Zachariah DeMeola
Studies show that up to 80 percent of Americans’ civil legal needs go unmet—and that will likely grow due to the pandemic. Change cannot wait any longer. It is time for us to reimagine the ways in which legal services in our country are delivered, and leaders across the profession are calling for immediate action.

NCSC Survey Looks at Public's Views on Courts in a (Post) Pandemic World

Maddie Hosack
Last month, the NCSC commissioned a survey of one thousand registered voters to gauge levels of public trust and confidence in the state courts. Many of the questions focused on the coronavirus pandemic and how respondents felt about remote court processes, protective measures for in-person courthouse appearances, and...