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12/30/2022

Our latest Watch, Read and Listen selection is “Extending Justice: Strategies to Increase Inclusion and Reduce Bias.” Included in this book is an adaptation of an NCSC report, which discusses the state of the science of implicit bias for courts, including definitions, research on effective strategies and guidance for application. https://bit.ly/3WOWd9x

12/28/2022

Want to know the number of court security incidents per year? We do, too. Unfortunately, there is no national repository of state court threats and incidents. Why? We explain why in this week's Trending Topic article. Read on: https://bit.ly/NCSCTopics.

12/22/2022

Courts cannot ensure equal justice for all without people - people passionately working in the roles of judges, administrators, clerks, interpreters and more. If you're looking for a rewarding career helping ensure fair and equitable access to justice, then you should apply for a court job today. Browse through state court employment opportunities: ncsc.org/courtjobs.

12/22/2022
12/13/2022

From “The Warsaw Voice”:
IPN wants judges and prosecutors punished for court crimes
December 13, 2022

On the eve of the 41st anniversary of the imposition of martial law, the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) announced its actions regarding judicial crimes from that period.
"We live in a free, independent and sovereign Poland, and in Polish courts there are still judges adjudicating, and prosecutors prosecuting, who in the 1980s took part in the war against the Polish nation, i.e. martial law," said IPN President Karol Nawrocki. "During martial law, military courts and prosecutors' offices were one of the organs of repression against Poles, prosecuting and passing sentences not only against members of the anti-communist opposition, but against all those who had the courage to insist on a free and independent Poland," he added.
In 2021 Nawrocki, together with prosecutor Andrzej Pozorski, director of the Main Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation, decided to "change the dynamics and balance of IPN prosecutors' handling of judicial crimes, emphasizing crimes from the 1980s."
In September 2021, prosecutors of the branch commissions for prosecuting crimes against the Polish nation received materials on 143 sentences handed down by military courts based on the provisions of the martial law decree in order to assess their legality. The task of the IPN prosecutors was to investigate whether there may have been violations of the law in these cases, which exhausted the elements of communist crimes.
During the year, IPN prosecutors filed 38 motions with the Supreme Court to bring 25 judges and five prosecutors to justice. Fifty-five orders were issued to bring charges against former communist-era judges and prosecutors who are not covered by immunity. Prosecutors have also prepared 7 indictments against 9 people who were associated with adjudication or prosecution during the communist era.

12/06/2022

We need your feedback! The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Courts received a federal grant to gain feedback about justice systems in and around Akwesasne. Sharing your thoughts and experiences will help in drafting a Justice Strategic Plan to address our community’s justice needs. Please take a moment to complete an informal survey located at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WZDD9C2 and enter into a drawing for $50 Twin Leaf Gift Cards and other prizes. This is your opportunity to help shape our community’s justice system into the future.

If you are unable to access the digital survey, written and printable versions of the Justice Needs Survey are available at the Tribal Court Building located at 882 State Route 37, or by emailing [email protected]. All survey responses are anonymous. The deadline to share your feedback through the survey is Monday, December 19.

12/04/2022

From the founding of this nation, the Constitution has been the supreme law of the land, and the U.S. Supreme Court has been the sole, final arbiter of the Constitution’s meaning. Here's a quick explainer on how the Supreme Court works: https://ambar.org/jl25ol

Why Post-Pandemic Burnout Is a Cultural Problem, Not Just a 'Mental Health Issue'
12/03/2022
Why Post-Pandemic Burnout Is a Cultural Problem, Not Just a 'Mental Health Issue'

Why Post-Pandemic Burnout Is a Cultural Problem, Not Just a 'Mental Health Issue'

Since the start of 2020, the term ‘burnout’ has become ubiquitous, with more than half of us reportedly afflicted. Are we in the midst of a nationwide mental health crisis – or is this an inevitable symptom of a culture that misjudges the purpose and value of work?

12/02/2022

We want to hear from your court. We're inviting courts to test the usefulness of our newly updated "Judges' Guide to Mental Health Diversion" document. Selected courts will be provided on-site and virtual technical assistance by NCSC staff to plan and implement jail diversion systems for individuals with behavioral health needs. The online application is now open and closes Dec. 9. Apply today! https://bit.ly/3gNZ7fC

Justice Speaks Podcast Episode #45 - Justice Speakers Institute
12/02/2022
Justice Speaks Podcast Episode #45 - Justice Speakers Institute

Justice Speaks Podcast Episode #45 - Justice Speakers Institute

In this episode, Justice Speaks continues with its series about State Treatment Court Associations. This episode is sponsored by Reconnect. In this episode, we interview Judge Jocelyn Fabry and Ms. Katharine Hude who represent the Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals (MATCP).

12/01/2022

The key to the rule of law is that it must be applied equally to all. Courts must deliver on the promise of equal justice under the law. Here’s a notable quotable of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

11/28/2022

📄Check out the latest article!

Mathieu Leloup and David Kosar published a new case note titled “Sometimes Even Easy Rule of Law Cases Make Bad Law", discussing the ECtHR Grand Chamber judgement of 15 March 2022, No. 43572/18, Grzęda v Poland” in The European Constitutional Law Review.

In their case note, Mathieu and David analyse the Grzęda v Poland judgment, the ECtHR's first Grand Chamber judgment on the rule of law situation in Poland. They discuss the Court's reasoning under the right of access to a court, and examine the importance of the judgment for the principles of judicial independence and judicial self-government. They also highlight how the judgment seems to open up a right for judges to challenge a piece legislation in abstracto when it interferes with their independence, thereby overhauling decades of established jurisprudence.

The case note is available in open access:

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/european-constitutional-law-review/article/sometimes-even-easy-rule-of-law-cases-make-bad-law/A62008F4A8E2B774D7A4BAC4CB8E209D

11/27/2022

From the founding of this nation, the Constitution has been the supreme law of the land, and the U.S. Supreme Court has been the sole, final arbiter of the Constitution’s meaning. Here's a quick explainer on how the Supreme Court works: https://ambar.org/1dglal

11/25/2022

The doctrine of judicial review is a fundamental principle for a nation governed by the rule of law. The ABA is committed to upholding the Constitution, the judicial process and equal justice under the law. Learn more at: https://ambar.org/4m8lle

Poland to confiscate cars from drink drivers
11/24/2022
Poland to confiscate cars from drink drivers

Poland to confiscate cars from drink drivers

If a drink driver's car is destroyed in an accident, or if it does not belong to them, they will have to pay a fine equivalent to the value of the vehicle.

11/24/2022
Photos from Judicial Studies Institute's post
11/24/2022

Photos from Judicial Studies Institute's post

11/23/2022

An independent judiciary, with judges who decide issues based solely on the law and the facts, is the foundation of our American democracy. It is enshrined in our Constitution, and it is the cornerstone of our government. Achieving justice for all depends on having independent judges and courts. The ABA is committed to upholding the Constitution, the judicial process and equal justice under the law. Learn more: https://ambar.org/wy08id

11/22/2022

The new review is out!

The expansion of judicial power at the expense of elected government branches is among traditional topics in constitutional law and politics.

📄 Our member Ondřej Kadlec looked at a recent addition to the field: Cristina E. Parau’s book, in which she argues that judicialization in Europe has been a project driven by the transnational legal elite. According to Ondřej, the book is a truly generalist interdisciplinary work, offering a clear and bold answer to each of the three fundamental issues of judicialization: the extent of the phenomena, its cause, and its assessment. The strengths of the book however entail its main limitations. While Parau integrates an impressive breadth of data and concepts, at places their treatment lacks the necessary nuance and engagement with possible counterarguments.

As a result, “The value of the work may lie not in proving its case, but rather in bringing the charges, naming the suspects, and identifying their tools and working methods. The book should be read by anyone interested in the subject, especially by those who belong to the transnational legal elite described by Parau. It might not change the view of those readers, but it might help them to articulate the arguments in their defense. Only then can a sound verdict on the matter be pronounced.”

Read the full review here: https://doi.org/10.1093/icon/moac082

11/21/2022

"When they are sworn to the bench, judges give up certain rights to speak about matters, including about pending cases. This is essential to the role of judges in a fair and impartial judicial system. But this restriction has, on occasion, prevented judges from defending themselves and their colleagues from inaccurate and unfair criticism, leaving them at the mercy of those who, for their own reasons, have targeted judges.”

In this article for Sacramento Lawyer Magazine, attorney Lexi Howard examines an amendment to judicial canon 3 and how it is meant to reinforce judicial impartiality: https://cdn.ymaws.com/sacbar.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/images/WEATHERING_THE_STORM_OF_CRIT.pdf

11/16/2022

Courts should exercise their “power to convene” to develop plans and improve court and community responses to serious mental illness.

View more recommendations in our new report on mental health and the courts: https://bit.ly/MHReprt.

11/08/2022

Since Bush v. Gore, there's been a substantial increase in election related litigation. The Fall 2022 Election Law Manual is now available and serves as a resource for state court judges who are called on to resolve election disputes. Check it out now: https://bit.ly/ELManual.

Adoption Month – best practices for virtual adoptions in the courts
11/06/2022
Adoption Month – best practices for virtual adoptions in the courts

Adoption Month – best practices for virtual adoptions in the courts

November is Adoption Month, which focuses on the need for adoptions from foster care. There are 50,000-66,000 adoptions per year from foster care, and unfortunately, the number of children in foster care awaiting adoption is double that–over 100,000–and has risen every year since 2012. Many of t...

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11/03/2022

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📣 Save the date! The INNOCENT co-creation international workshop will be held in Poznań (Miasto Poznań), Poland, on 25 January 2023! Poznań is one of the biggest cities in Poland and a hub for business and cultural events. On 25 January, the city will host , , and defense from 8 European countries. Stay tuned for the expert speakers' announcements and further details!



The CEELI Institute Law and Internet Foundation Kuća ljudskih prava Zagreb / Human Rights House Zagreb Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań Bratislava Policy Institute Znanstveno-raziskovalno središče Koper

11/02/2022

Comparing judicial salaries by level and state is now a breeze with our newly updated Judicial Salary Tracker. Check it out now: https://bit.ly/3zAxGf6.

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10/31/2022

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10/26/2022

We need your feedback! The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Courts received a federal grant to gain feedback about justice systems in and around Akwesasne. Sharing your thoughts and experiences will help in drafting a Justice Strategic Plan to address our community’s justice needs. Please take a moment to complete an informal survey located at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WZDD9C2 and enter into a drawing for $50 Twin Leaf Gift Cards and other prizes. This is your opportunity to help shape our community’s justice system into the future.

If you are unable to access the digital survey, written and printable versions of the Justice Needs Survey are available at the Tribal Court Building located at 882 State Route 37, or by emailing [email protected]. All survey responses are anonymous. The deadline to share your feedback through the survey is Monday, December 19.

10/26/2022

On any given day, approximately 380,000 people suffering from mental illness are in jail or prison across the U.S. Courts should collaboratively work with service providers and others to be a catalyst for change.

Read our new report, which offers recommendations for how courts can lead the change and better respond to court-involved individuals with mental health needs: https://bit.ly/MHReprt.

SAMHSA State Justice Institute

10/26/2022

Our most recent webinar series covered all angles of court appearance rates – why they matter, how to improve them and the harmful consequences of not appearing. Watch the recordings and access resources at ncsc.org/appearancerates.

10/24/2022

The legal profession has treated toxic attitudes as acceptable for far too long. How a mindful approach to professionalism and civility could be the answer to uplift the culture within the practice of law: https://ambar.org/akwc8z

10/24/2022

Webinar 1: An Overview of Legal Issues and Support for Native American and Alaska Native Veterans
Thursday, October 27, 2022
3:30 pm ET | 2:30 pm CT | 1:30 pm MT | 12:30 pm PT | 11:30 am AKT
The webinar will set forth basic demographic and historical information about the diverse backgrounds of Native American veterans including common experiences many share. It will highlight key issues of importance to medical and legal practitioners seeking to connect with veterans, including cultural issues and stereotypes affecting veterans; issues related to entering and exiting the military; the impacts of trauma; the benefit of linking services with medical and mental health systems and/or wellness and treatment courts; and the importance of tribal members and veterans in leadership roles with broad consultative influence in designing program models and outreach.

Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AGc6pQPcTZi1CBOE995VKQ

10/21/2022

The judiciary cannot exist without the trust and confidence of the people. Members of the judiciary must, therefore, be accountable to the highest legal and ethical standards.

Here’s a notable quotable from former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Photos from National American Indian Court Judges Association's post
10/18/2022

Photos from National American Indian Court Judges Association's post

10/18/2022

When it comes to master jury lists over-inclusiveness can be as problematic as under-inclusiveness. In our new report, we outline guidelines for courts to use to assess the quality of juror source lists and maximize the accuracy of master jury lists. More: https://bit.ly/JuryLists.

10/17/2022

Mark your calendars! This week, Oct. 17-21, we have a great lineup of webinars. By registering today, you could learn how to handle a cyber attack on your court's network, how to incorporate inclusive language in court documents and so much more. Register now: ncsc.org/webinars.

10/17/2022

How to recognize the signs of cognitive impairments in lawyers and understand the best ways to help: https://ambar.org/fiyb25

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