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A Letter from the NAPCO President

My name is John J. Russo and I am the administrative and presiding judge of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. I am also the president of newly-formed National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers (NAPCO). Our Court is located in the heart of downtown Cleveland where the 2016 Trial Court Leadership Conference…

Exhibitor Information 2017

EXHIBIT FEE The exhibit fee for this event is $1,100 after August 1, 2017. Fee Includes: One 6’ draped table, 2 chairs and standard power. Exhibit area is carpeted. There is no pipe and drape separating each exhibit display. You can use a table top exhibit or pop up for your booth. SIGN UP TO…

2016 Trial Court Leadership Conference Agenda

First Annual Trial Court Leadership Academy and Conference, September 25-28, 2016, in Cleveland DOWNLOAD PDF • LIST OF SPEAKERS A collaborative partnership between NAPCO and the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) has developed an inaugural conference of presiding judges and court executives from across the country to discuss challenges faced by state and local…

Longstanding Public Concerns About Court Fairness and Inefficiency Continue a Recent NCSC Survey Concludes

Survey results of 1,000 register voters were recently released by the National Center for State Courts from an 0ctober 26-29, 2015, study. The survey also included an oversample of 200 African-Americans. Sixty-one percent of those surveyed said the term “political” described courts in their state, compared with 34 percent who felt it did not. Among those polled who had direct experience with courts, the majority said they believe that judges make decisions based on their own beliefs and political pressure.

Texas courthouse gun bans reconsidered by state AG

Recent opinions by the attorney general of Texas has officials in charge of courthouses around the state rethinking gun bans. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has written several recent opinions relating to the state’s gun laws. Under a 2003 state law, firearms are prohibited in “the premises of any government court or offices utilized by the court.” But Paxton defines “premises” narrowly, his December 21 opinion made clear, reports WFAA television news in Dallas.

When Must Lawyers Learn Science?

How should judges evaluate lawyers’ alleged mishandling of forensic science evidence when the challenge is brought years after the trial? One recent United States Supreme Court decision grapples with this; and this article contextualizes that holding, analyzes its weaknesses, and suggests some factors for judges to weigh.