National Center for State Courts (NCSC)

Independent, nonprofit that offers research, consulting, education, and information services to improve courts. Also has international division.

Primary geographic focus: INTERNATIONAL, NATIONAL
Organization type(s): National Association
Acronym or short name: NCSC
Tags: Courts

The National Center for State Courts is an independent, nonprofit court improvement organization founded at the urging of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Warren E. Burger. He envisioned NCSC as a clearinghouse for research information and comparative data to support improvement in judicial administration in state courts. Over twenty years ago, the Institute for Court Management merged with NCSC, adding an educational curriculum especially designed for court managers. In the early 1990s, an international division was formed to offer a similar array of research, consulting, education, and information services to strengthen the rules of law in countries around the world.



A ruling on how Kansas City’s judges run their courts

Mary Sanchez
Kansas City Star
July 7, 2015
A report takes the temperature on the Kansas City municipal court system.

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For Tenants in Housing Court, Study Finds ‘Navigators’ Can Be Good Alternatives to Lawyers

Beth Fertig
December 13, 2016
A new study points to a program in Brooklyn housing court that pilots one possible solution: court navigators.


A Solution for the Access Crisis in Our Civil Justice System

Mary McClymont
March 30, 2017
Seven states are moving forward with major changes to give people the help they need in court.

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We Won’t See You in Court: The Era of Tort Lawsuits Is Waning

Joe Palazzolo
Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
July 24, 2017
State restrictions, increasing cost and a long campaign by businesses has discouraged plaintiffs.

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Tough odds for defendants in Virginia’s lowest courts

Dave Ress
Daily Press (Newport News, VA)
April 5, 2018
When Virginians' unpaid bills, family crises or disputes with neighbors land them in one of the state's lowest courts, almost none of them has the help of a lawyer, a study of state records found.


Whitfield: Poor and Locked Out of Our Civil Justice System

John Whitfield
News and Advance
April 15, 2018
Only by attacking this problem from all angles will we be able to make the promise of “Justice for All” a reality for low-income Virginians.

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Study finds ‘stunning’ justice gap in Virginia civil cases

Frank Green
Richmond Times-Dispatch
May 3, 2018
The high volume of cases moves efficiently through courtrooms that often are largely empty - in large part because usually only the plaintiffs have a lawyer and often even the defendants do not appear and represent themselves.

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Study shows large justice gap in Virginia civil cases

Associated Press (AP)
May 4, 2018
A new study shows that just 1 percent of more than 500,000 civil cases handled in Virginia's general district courts each year have lawyers representing people on both sides.


The Modernization Our Civil Legal System Needs

Susan K. Urahn
November 6, 2018
Technology can help people who don't have lawyers and make courts more efficient.

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Going To Court Without A Lawyer Was Always Hard. The Pandemic Has Made It Much Harder.

Zoe Tillman
May 15, 2020

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