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One of the most challenging areas for judges is integrating the use of data, statistics, and logic models in system change. In addition to analyzing data, simply identifying what sort of research is credible and usable can be a difficult task. In this section, judges can find practical and understandable resources on research and data, as well as explanations to common research related questions.

Latest Research in Addiction and Treatment: Presentation at Community Courts Conference 2018

A presentation from Dr. Joshua D. Lee, Associate Professor, NYU Langone Health, New York, NY, at our International Community Courts and Public Safety conference in Birmingham, Alabama, May 7-9, 2018.

Current Court Research and Its Implications for Domestic Violence Victims

The Self-Represented Litigant Phenomenon: Implications for Justice Seekers and Justice Providers in Domestic Violence Cases, presented by Julie McFarlane, JD and LLM, Independent Consultant for the NCJFCJ and Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Law at the University of Windsor, and Nancy Ver Steegh, JD, Independent Consultant for the NCJFCJ and Professor of Law at William Mitchell College of Law.


  • Opens in new windowCombining Research and Practice: The Center for Court Innovation’s approach to justice reform

    Written for the UK think tank NESTA, this essay outlines how the Center for Court Innovation incorporates research and evidence into its day-to-day operations.

  • Opens in new windowBuilding the Research Base: An Evaluation Blueprint for Community Courts

    Community courts offer a localized, flexible approach to addressing crime and disorder. The model’s inherent adaptability, however, has also made community courts more difficult to evaluate than other, more standardized models. To promote a more robust research base and to help develop an evidence-based framework for the model, this paper sets forth a blueprint to guide future community court evaluations.

  • Opens in new windowCommunity Court: The Research Literature

    A review of the findings of 19 community court evaluations that were completed as of the end of 2010.

  • Opens in new windowResearch Report: National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking Evaluation (Austin, Texas)

    Domestic child sex trafficking (DCST) is a growing and complex problem in the U.S. Juvenile and family court judges are in a unique position to assist victimized youth to ensure they receive necessary services to heal and recover from the trauma caused by DCST. To help train judges on this important issue, the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking was created by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in partnership with Rights4Girls and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The Institute’s goal is for judges to return to their communities with a greater ability to identify children who are at risk for or are currently being trafficked, to utilize effective prevention and intervention strategies, and to gain a stronger sense of their courtroom and community roles to help prevent and end domestic child sex trafficking. The NCJFCJ delivered the fifth NJIDCST in Austin, Texas, March 6-7, 2017. This report is a summary of the key findings from the evaluation of the March 2017 Institute.


  • Opens in new window and different websiteNevada District Court, Family Division Assessment Released

    Conducted between January and August of this year by the National Center for Juvenile Justice, the research division of the Nevada-based National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), the assessment re-examines the court operation model the Nevada legislature adopted in 1993 for judicial districts serving total populations of more than 100,000. Coordinated family divisions were subsequently implemented in the Second Judicial District Court (Washoe County) and the Eighth Judicial District Court (Clark County).

  • Opens in new window and different websiteCenter for Court Innovation Research

    Research drives our approach to justice reform. Social scientists across three distinct teams use evidence to inform policy and practice.

  • Opens in new window and different websiteCommunity Court Research: A Literature Review

    Nationally, there are 27 community courts in operation across the United States. The first community court opened in midtown Manhattan in 1993. Focusing on quality-of-life offenses (drug possession, shoplifting, vandalism, prostitution, and the like), the Midtown Community Court combined punishment and help, sentencing low-level offenders to perform visible community restitution and receive on-site social services, including drug treatment, counseling, and job training. The community courts that have followed in the Midtown Court’s wake seek to achieve many goals, such as reduced crime, increased engagement between citizens and the courts, improved perceptions of neighborhood safety, and a greater level of accountability for low-level, "quality-of-life" offenders.