This is an archive of Court Talk, a podcast from the National Center for State Courts that recorded between April 2016 and March 2020. The podcast focused on the intersection between courts and current events. For more information about the National Center for State Courts, visit ncsc.org.
Pandemic: Lessons for judges and other court employees
Retired Maine Chief District Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere discusses an Ebola-related case that attracted national attention in 2014. What would he do differently, and what should today’s judges and other court employees do if the coronavirus or some other illness forces them to make decisions to protect public health?
Long-time NCSC researchers David Rottman and Susan Keilitz are retiring this month, taking with them about 60 years of experience working to improve the courts. Rottman and Keilitz talk about how NCSC and state courts have changed since the 1980s and who influenced their careers the most.
Epi. 409: Online dispute resolution ‘is here to stay’
Twenty years ago, eBay and other retail websites didn’t have a good way to resolve disputes between buyers and sellers, so it started something that has become known as online dispute resolution (ODR). Fast forward to 2019: eBay reportedly handles more than 60 million disputes per year, and state court officials are more open than ever to explore how litigants, using their cell phones or computers, can choose ODR to settle cases without setting foot in a courthouse. One of the leading ODR advocates is Utah Supreme Court Justice Deno Himonas, who joins us on Court Talk.
Epi. 408: Cyberattacks: It's not if, but when
Charles Byers, the chief information officer for the Kentucky Court of Justice, said you should assume you’ll become the victim of a cyberattack. He should know. It happened twice to Kentucky. The first time Kentucky didn’t have an incident response plan. The second time it did. And that made a big difference. He urges all court leaders to have a plan to restore service after they become the victim of an attack.
Epi. 407: What’s anyone doing to fulfill the promise of justice for all?
By one account, 100 million Americans have unmet legal needs, and not all of them are what you might consider poor. NCSC and many partners, including private foundations and teams from 11 states, have begun an effort called Justice for All to try to figure out exactly what those needs are and how to provide for them. “The scale is daunting,” said project director Danielle Hirsch, our guest on Court Talk.
Epi. 406: What can we learn from 135 criminal courts in 21 states?
NCSC is wrapping up a four-year project – the first large-scale look at misdemeanor and felony case management since 1987. This massive effort, called the Effective Criminal Case Management Project, is much larger than that one. A team of researchers combed through data from 135 courts in 21 states. Listen to Principal Court Research Consultant Brian Ostrom tell you what he learned.