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Improving Juror Response Rates in the District of Columbia, March 2006
Improving Juror Response Rates in the District of Columbia, March 2006

This report by G. Thomas Munsterman of the National Center for State Courts, presents concrete steps to expand citizen participation in jury service. The report describes the current process by which District of Columbia citizens are summoned to jury service, and it suggests governmental reforms to increase the proportion of summoned citizens who actually serve.

The District of Columbia Family Court Appointed Counsel System: Report and Recommendations, October 2005
The District of Columbia Family Court Appointed Counsel System: Report and Recommendations, October 2005

The report is a comprehensive analysis of the District of Columbia's system for providing lawyers to represent all children and indigent adults in child neglect court proceedings. Such representation has been guaranteed by DC law for twenty years and is a far more comprehensive legal safety net than in many jurisdictions in the nation. This CCE report builds on four studies published by the DC Bar since 1975 of Superior Court appointed counsel systems for criminal and family cases, and it traces the results of the most recent of the four studies, the Muse Report of 1993.

Needs Assessment of the DC Misdemeanor and Traffic Court of the District of Columbia, October 2005
Needs Assessment of the DC Misdemeanor and Traffic Court of the District of Columbia, October 2005

In September 2004, the Council for Court Excellence received a contract from the DC Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to perform a needs assessment of the DC Superior Court DC Misdemeanor and Traffic Court. This Court is one of two community courts created as a result of a recommendation by the Council for Court Excellence and the Justice Management Institute publication A Roadmap To A Better Criminal Justice System (April 2001), which can be downloaded here.

Community Observation of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, August 2004
Community Observation of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, August 2004

This report is the fruit of the project that was developed by CCE's Public Service Committee. It is the first observation project of a federal courthouse in the nation, and third court observation project overall for CCE. The previous two projects in 2001 and 2002 were held at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia's criminal and civil divisions.

District of Columbia Child Welfare System: A Second Progress Report, June 2004
District of Columbia Child Welfare System: A Second Progress Report, June 2004

This report, designed for the public, summarizes the findings in CCE’s detailed report to Congress dated May 6, 2004 on the performance of the DC child welfare system. It contains findings and analysis on the city’s compliance with the federal and DC Adoption and Safe Families Acts and the DC Family Court Act. It concludes with a list of recommendations for improvement as well as a list of issues requiring further study.

District of Columbia Child Welfare System: Compliance with the Adoption and Safe Families Acts and the District of Columbia Family Court Act, May 2004
District of Columbia Child Welfare System: Compliance with the Adoption and Safe Families Acts and the District of Columbia Family Court Act, May 2004

This is CCE's second public progress report on DC's child welfare system. This report is issued at the direction of Congress who in early 2003 provided CCE with funding and a mandate to "Continue independent oversight... [of the system and to provide]...an annual report to Congress on the implementation of the DC Family Court Act of 2001 and the [federal] Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 (ASFA)."

Two Years Down the Road: A Status Report on A Roadmap to a Better DC Criminal Justice System, 2003
Two Years Down the Road: A Status Report on A Roadmap to a Better DC Criminal Justice System, 2003

This report examines the progress made by the DC criminal justice system to implement the 27 recommendations of the Council for Court Excellence’s 2001 study, entitled A Roadmap to a Better DC Criminal Justice System. Two Years Down the Road found that progress had been made to re-engineer misdemeanor case processing, but that felony cases were being processed much the same way as reported in 2001.

District of Columbia Child Welfare System Reform - A Progress Report, October 2002
District of Columbia Child Welfare System Reform - A Progress Report, October 2002

This report has two purposes: a) to increase public accountability of the District of Columbia's child abuse and neglect system, and b) to increase the community's understanding of that system. This is the CCE's first public report on the progress made by the leaders of the DC child welfare system to bring the District of Columbia into compliance with the federal and local Adoption and Safe Families Acts ("ASFA"). Please call 202.785.5917 to order over the phone.

Report and Recommendations of the Court Community Observers Project, July 2002
Report and Recommendations of the Court Community Observers Project, July 2002

The court community observers project used trained community volunteers to observe individual DC Superior Court criminal court hearings and related court functions during the spring of 2002. Volunteers recorded their observations and the Council for Court Excellence published the major findings in this report to the courts and to the community. Please call 202.785.5917 to order over the phone.

 
Superior Court Success Story

Practical recommendations by CCE to improve the civil case trial process in the DC Superior Court, with an emphasis on the court's alternative dispute resolution program. The report examined the implementaion progress of a prior CCE civil case processing study and found that the CCE recommendations adopted by the Superior Court in the early 1990s were working well and had significantly reduced the time to disposition of most civil cases.



 
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