American Judges Association



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Court Review, Volume 50, Issue 3 (2014)


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The 2014 edition of Trends in State Courts is out, containing its usual collection of concise but authoritative articles. This year’s issue focuses on issues involving juvenile justice and the elderly. Six articles cover juvenile-justice issues, beginning with one that discusses the Models for Change Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Other articles include one on the need for early appointment of counsel in juvenile court, one on judicial leadership in addressing adolescent mental-health needs, and one on reducing racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile-justice system.

The section on elders begins with a national review of reform efforts related to elder abuse and adult guardianships. Other articles include ones on how to enhance access to justice for seniors and an interview with the state-court administrators in Pennsylvania and Texas on the work that has been done in those states to better respond to elder-related issues.