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 demonstration projects, research, and technical assistance.
Request for Proposals: Apply for Free Procedural Justice Assessment
The Center for Court Innovation and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance seek proposals from criminal courts interested in being assessed for their use of procedural justice practices. Four courts will be selected to receive an on-site assessment and recommendations. The ultimate goal is to advance procedural justice by (1) highlighting promising practices for the field at large, (2) helping jurisdictions identify problem areas, and (3) outlining short- and longer-term plans to implement appropriate interventions. Read full application instructions here. The application deadline is Friday, June 12.
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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.