NAPCO Conference 2018

The Trial Court Leadership Conference will be held October 14-17, 2018, in St. Louis, Missouri at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Save the date! More information to follow.

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NAPCO membership is open to presiding, chief and leadership judges, court executives and others …

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Grand Juries and Police Use-of-Force Cases

Associate Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law published an article titled Restoring the Independence to the Grand Jury: A Victim Advocate for Police Use of Force Cases in the most recent edition of the Cleveland State Law Review. His article is an effort to address the recent mistrust of the grand jury process by some members of the public.

The Ethics of a Sanctuary Courthouse

In light of the recent aggressive federal enforcement of immigration law, some legal and judicial leaders in the states have asserted courts as “safe harbors” for immigrants. The Maryland attorney general asserted in a letter to federal authorities in March of this year that he did not want the most vulnerable immigrants to be discouraged from seeking judicial protection and medical care. By declaring courts and hospitals “safe locations,” the attorney general’s letter reassures members of this vulnerable population that they can continue to use these services without fear.

Juror Questioning during Criminal Trials Common in Arizona

The lawyer’s were done asking the questions, and it was the jury’s turn. Steven Jones sat nervously in the witness box Friday morning as his trial on murder and assault charges raced toward a close with jurors posing their own queries to him. Sometimes jury questions can show which way a jury is leaning. Friday morning’s questions showed mostly that jurors had been paying attention. And they offered insights into areas where the lawyers didn’t go. Jones’ extensive gun training, for example, and his knowledge of first aid.