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June 15, 2017
Effort seeks to transform the civil justice system

The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System and the National Center for State Courts have released a new roadmap to guide states as they implement changes to make state courts more efficient and effective — and those five jurisdictions will serve as demonstration pilots as they follow the roadmap and implement civil justice reform.

An additional three juristictions — including the 11th Circuit of Florida — have also received grants to support their efforts as they work to reduce cost and delay in the legal system. These efforts are part of a three-year $1 million strategic response to the call to action sounded by the Conference of Chief Justices and supported by the State Justice Institute.

“This is about leadership, which requires picking up the Conference of Chief Justice’s recommendations and putting them to action,” said Judge Jennifer Bailey, of the Circuit Civil Division in Miami. “IAALS and NCSC are empowering the courts with the tools and support needed to facilitate a more responsive, effective, and affordable system of justice, and I’m excited by the work here in Miami to bring about a 21st century legal system.”

The Conference of Chief Justice’s Civil Justice Improvements Committee was charged with developing guidelines and best practices to ensure the just, prompt, and cost-effective resolution of civil cases in state courts. With support from the State Justice Institute, NCSC and IAALS are now working with state and local courts and with civil justice stakeholders through the Civil Justice Initiative Implementation Plan to provide the education, technical assistance, interactive regional summits, and practical guides and self-assessment tools necessary to support successful implementation.

[Revised: 12-11-2017]