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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

Roadmap to a Representative Jury

Learn about jury diversity from leading experts and practicioners

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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Jury Diversity and its Role in Promoting Confidence in the Court System

Join us at NCSC on May 25th from 1-2:30 pm for a conversation about jury diversity. We will review behavioral science research on how a group’s composition affects its dynamics and performance, and will discuss the ways in which jury diversity adds to the deliberative process and bolsters confidence in our court system.

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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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