Making Court Seem Fair


Are defendants more likely to comply with the law when they feel they are treated fairly?

The Center for Court Innovation and The National Judicial College are planning to explore that question with a recently launched national demonstration project that will attempt to improve procedural fairness in urban courts.

The Improving Courtroom Communication Project will implement policies and training in three pilot jurisdictions based on research that procedural fairness has a greater influence on perceptions about the judicial system than case outcomes do.

The Project is currently searching for urban criminal courts that utilize “short-term sanctions (such as community service).”

Strategies that will be emphasized include “starting court on time and calendaring cases according to case type, both to improve efficiency and to demonstrate respect for defendants' time,” according to the Center for Court Innovation website.

Read more about the project HERE.

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