In fall 2022, after the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators passed Resolution 2, in support of efforts to improve appearance rates in criminal and traffic courts, NCSC will present a series of four webinars on why courts should focus on appearance rates and how to mitigate the collateral consequences that result when people fail to appear in court.
Discussions will focus on why appearance rates matter, low-cost interventions courts can implement to improve appearance rates, and what broad-scale reform to improve court appearance rates can look like. NCSC will also convene interested judges, court administrators, and practitioners from around the country to share their experiences and brainstorm new ways to help court users overcome barriers to accessing court.
September 29, 2022, 4:00pm ET: Low-Cost Ways to Increase Court Appearances
October 13, 2022, 4:00pm ET: Thinking About Showing Up: Brainstorming Ways to Eliminate Barriers to Appearance
Webinar 3: Low-Cost Ways to Increase Court Appearances
In this session, NCSC will present examples from jurisdictions that implemented low-cost interventions to increase court appearance rates, such as revising court forms to draw more attention to what is required of the defendant, and launching text message reminder systems to notify defendants of upcoming court dates.
Alissa Fishbane, Managing Director, ideas42
Pamerson Ifill, Deputy Commissioner of Pretrial, State of MA
Martha Wright, Judicial Council of California (revising citation form)
Judge Milas "Butch" Hale, Sherwood Arkansas Municipal Court (Ecourt notifications)