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  NCJ Number: NCJ 242850     Find in a Library
  Title: State Court Organization, 2011
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
  Author(s): Thomas Cohen, J.D., Ph.D. ; Ron Malega, Ph.D.
  Date Published: 11/2013
  Page Count: 20
  Series: BJS Special Reports
  Annotation: This report presents 2011 data on the organization and operations of State trial and appellate courts and examines trends from 1980 through 2011.
  Abstract: Findings show that the organizational structure of the Nation's trial and appellate courts changed modestly from 1980 to 2011; six States added intermediate appellate courts between 1980 and 1998: Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Utah, and Virginia. From 1980 to 2011, the number of States with more than three types of limited jurisdiction trial courts declined from 31 to 21; the number of States with one or no limited jurisdiction trial courts increased from 14 in 1980 to 21 in 2011. From 1980 to 2011, the number of State appellate court judges increased 69 percent, and the number of State trial judges increased 11percent. Other topics included in this report discuss court structure; distribution of judges by jurisdictional level; staffing, selection, and educational requirements of judges; the responsibilities of administrative offices of courts; court funding sources; and verdict requirements. Also provided are detailed State-level data on trial court administrators, trial court clerks, and the provisions for judicial education. Tables, figures, and appendixes
  Main Term(s): State courts
  Index Term(s): Court statistics ; Court personnel ; Comparative analysis ; Data analysis ; State-specific
  Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
  Type: Report (Study/Research)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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