Research has shown that when defendants and litigants perceive the court process to be fair, they are more likely to comply with court orders and follow the law in the future—regardless of whether they “win” or “lose” their case. The Center for Court Innovation is committed to advancing the idea of procedural justice through operating programs, research, and providing expert assistance.
4 Sites Selected for Procedural Justice Assessments
Following a national solicitation, the Center for Court Innovation and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance have selected four criminal courts to participate in a procedural justice assessment in the fall of 2015. The jurisdictions are:
- Essex County Superior Court (Salem, Mass.)
- 5th Judicial District of Pennsylvania (Allegheny County, Penn.)
- Multnomah County Circuit Court (Ore.)
- Utah State Court System
Each site has committed to examining local operations in an effort to advance procedural justice locally and nationally.
In The News
- During a speech at the Community Policing Roundtable in Pittsburgh, U.S. Attorney General Lorreta E. Lynch highlights a collaboration between the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Center for Court Innovation to conduct a procedural justice assessment in Allegheny County courts.
- Judge Alex Calabrese of the Red Hook Community Justice Center joins Latino USA to discuss the Justice Center's emphasis on procedural justice.
- Victoria Pratt, chief judge of Newark Municipal Court, describes her work on procedural justice during an appearance on "The Melissa Harris-Perry Show" on MSNBC.
- The Guardian profiles Newark Community Solutions, examining the origins and evolution of the program and the growing national interest in procedural justice.
- Q&A with Julian Adler of the Center for Court Innovation on how procedural justice can reduce crime.
Practical Tips and Tools
The Center for Court Innovation has assembled several practical tools, including defendant interview instruments and courtroom observation protocols, to assist courts in assessing the extent to which they are implementing the principles of procedural justice. For more information, click here.