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Articles from Vol. 88, No. 4, January/February

Access to Civil Justice: Is There a Solution?
Pro bono efforts can help ensure access to legal assistance for all members of society.Equal justice for all is the cornerstone of democracy and forms the fabric of our society. In order for our justice system to be truly accessible to all, the enforcement...
Ask the Adr Professionals
News You Can Use from the National Arbitration ForumI know that appeals of an arbitrator's decision are limited. What are the parameters?Arbitration is thought to be an effective legal alternative and its dual benefits of affordability and efficiency...
Ensuring Adequate Funding for the Courts
To gain the necessary resources to fulfill its responsibilities, the judiciary must establish credibility with other branches of government and develop a broad base of support in the community.In times of fiscal crisis, the tensions among the three branches...
Jury Center off to a Great Start
I am pleased to report on the progress of the AJS National Jury Center, which officially opened last year, and I am proud to say that it is off to a grand start.Drake University Law School Professor David McCord took a sabbatical to be the Jury Center's...
Recommendations of the American Bar Association Commission on State Court Funding
Adopted by the House of Delegates August 9-10, 2004RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges states and territories to support quality and accessible justice by adopting judicial branch budget procedures that will ensure adequate, stable, long-term...
State Judicial Branch Budgets in Times of Fiscal Crisis
Adopted by the Court Management Committee of the Conference of Chief Justices, January 21, 2004.WHEREAS, state governments are currently experiencing the worst fiscal crisis in decades, and many state courts are facing deep budget cuts, court closures,...
The Cost of Justice: Funding State Courts
An edited transcript of a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Judicature Society on August 6, 2004.Participants:Honorable Shirley Abrahamson, Chief Justice, Wisconsin Supreme CourtTerene Bennett, Southern Gulf Regional Program Specialist,...
The Institutional Stability of the Judiciary in the Aftermath of Terrorism
Virtually every institution associated with law enforcement and the administration of justice in the United States immediately responded to the terrorist actions on September 11, 2001. The nation became a "no-fly" zone as airports were shut down from...
The Miracle of Jury Reform in New York
Against all odds, numerous initiatives were successfully put into place to accomplish two goals-democratizing jury service and easing juror burdens.Accepted wisdom has it that reforming courts is like moving mountains-a Herculean task that is well-nigh...
The Senate's Role in Judicial Selection
The Senate's role in judicial selection Seeking Justices: The Judging of Supreme Court Nominees, by Michael Comiskey. University Press of Kansas. 2004. 287 pages. $40.00 cloth, $17.95 paper.Scholars typically toil for years to produce what they hope...
What Judges Say about State Court Funding and Judicial Independence
From time to time Judicature publishes the views of judges on timely issues affecting the courts and the administration of justice. It may be an issue affecting the federal courts, the state courts, or both. Readers are invited to submit topics they...