Mission: Since 1971, the national center for state courts (the center) partners with state courts in their evolution into modern governmental institutions and helps to introduce efficiency and cost-effectiveness into the administration of justice to ensure impartiality and accountability. The center provides research and technology services both domestically and internationally. It provides technical assistance to state courts through consulting, serves as a clearinghouse for information sharing within the court community, identifies emerging cost-cutting practices, develops cost benefit analysis for court operations, and designs leadership training/educational programs for state court leaders. The center is educating a new generation of court leaders, providing state-of-the-art resources to court executives, and ensuring that the state judiciaries become effective partners with the legislative and executive branches of government.
Programs: International and research programs - the center conducted approximately 181 projects in diverse areas including technology, court statistics, racial and ethnic bias in the courts, community courts, mandatory minimum sentencing, violence against women, international issues, and many others. The research is performed to identify needs and provide long-term solutions.
direct services to state and local courts - the center serves as a technical assistance resource for the adaptation of improvements in the courts through consulting. The center performed approximately 213 individual state contracts in many areas, including foster care, human resources, automation, budget and financial issues, juries, facilities planning, caseflow management and court interpretation.
clearinghouse activities - the center serves as a clearinghouse through which members of the court community and others interested in courts can exchange information and encourage improvements in state courts administration. Specific services are: distribution of court-related publications, court association management services, government relations, and information services.
education and training