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Justice for All: Strengthening the Sixth Amendment

Interactive Discovery Tool

Explore an interactive map featuring state-by-state data on key discovery rules.

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Disability and the Legal System

Explore how to improve accessibility and inclusivity in the legal system for persons with disabilities

Jury Diversity Series

Learn from the nation’s leading jury experts, scholars, and practitioners about why diverse juries matter, the challenges to achieving jury diversity, as well as what solutions and reforms are on the horizon. 

NCSC on State Courts’ Response to Mental Illness

The National Judicial Task Force to Examine State Courts’ Response to Mental Illness has lauched a podcast series to explore the insection of mental health and the court system.

Upcoming Events

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NACDL Live Webinar

On Thursday, January 27th at 4:00pm ET, NACDL is partnering with the National Association for Public Defense (NAPD), Gideon’s Promise and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) to host Defenders Becoming DAs: Unpacking the Tension in Our Community, a conversation about public defense, elected prosecutors, and the power to transform the criminal legal system. The discussion will feature Professor Angela J. Davis, Distinguished Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law; Akhi Johnson, Acting Director, Reshaping Prosecution, Vera Institute for Justice; Jonathan Rapping, Founder & President, Gideon’s Promise; and Manohar Raju, San Francisco Public Defender.

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Collateral Consequences Resource Hub

The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) built this resource to address and prevent the collateral consequences of criminal cases

New Resources

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Stanford Criminal Justice Center Report

The Stanford Criminal Justice Center, in cooperation with Stanford Law School and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), published a report examining the staying power of the “virtual” or “remote” criminal court: the use of teleconferencing and videoconferencing in lieu of in-person hearings in criminal cases that were largely eliminated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Research includes both qualitative interviews with close to 60 judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and court administrators in three jurisdictions (Miami-Dade County, Milwaukee County, and the Northeast Judicial District of North Dakota) and a quantitative analysis of a national survey completed by 240 defense attorneys who practice in the state court system. Together, the quantitative and qualitative findings provide one of the most thorough portraits of virtual criminal proceedings to date and show that aspects of virtual court compromised access to justice.

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