In this article, Governor J. James Exon addresses himself to problems presented by the proposed National Institute of Justice. The National Institute of Justice, an idea developed by Bert H. Early, executive director of the American Bar Association, is designed to consolidate resources and energies toward modernization of the American legal system. The institute would be an independent, nonprofit, federally chartered corporation. Structurally, it would be governed by a board of undetermined size, the members appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. Functionally, the institute would gather and disseminate information, diagnose the principal bottlenecks in the flow of criminal and civil justice, establish priorities and develop long-range goals, stimulate research into areas of the law previously neglected, serve as an adviser to branches of government and the legal profession, provide "functional continuity" for the modernization of the legal system, and keep the modernization effort free from political control.
J. James Exon,
National Institute of Justice: Another Layer of Federal Government,
52 Neb. L. Rev. 293
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