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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...

Review of Remote Hearings in England and Wales Provides Path Forward During COVID-19

Michael Houlberg
Earlier this month, the Civil Justice Council in England and Wales published a report on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on civil court users. The report includes results from the council's rapid review of remote hearings, which was conducted to assess what is and isn’t working, as well as how to best move forward.

Federal Courts Continue to Tackle the Challenges of Reopening and Restarting Jury Trials amidst Pandemic

Brittany Kauffman
As the whole country grapples with reopening, our federal courts continue their own efforts to respond in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent weeks, we are seeing some federal courthouses slowly expand in-person proceedings as the judiciary also explores reconstituting jury trials.

Civil Justice after COVID-19

Scott Bales
While the pandemic's disruption increases the need for systemic improvements, it also offers a distinct opportunity to achieve them. As we respond to COVID-19, we should learn from the new efforts underway and work to make long-term, fundamental changes. Let’s seize this opportunity to make the changes we need to...

New Pew Report Highlights Trends in Debt Collections and Critical Need for Reform

Brittany Kauffman
This month, The Pew Charitable Trusts released a new report that looks at trends in debt collection lawsuits in the United States and suggests steps that courts can take to modernize our state civil justice system and ensure access to justice. The economic impacts of the pandemic make these recommendations all the...