2017 Opinion Survey: The State of the Courts

By: GBA Strategies. Published by: National Center for State Courts. Published on November 15, 2017.

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The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) nationwide telephone survey, conducted by GBA strategies, asked 1,000 Americans about their perceptions of the court system, the availability of equal justice, and the need for assistance when navigating the court system.

According to this study, the judicial branch of the government is viewed as the most trustworthy to American constituents, although judges are perceived as out of touch with community issues. The survey revealed that communities are demanding greater engagement from the legal system. Respondents felt they were unable to navigate the court system alone,and needed assistance when completing forms and court procedures.

Another major issue affirmed by this study is the need for equal access to justice in the rural South and Southwestern regions.

Categories: Courts, General/Unspecified Clients, National, Policymakers and Funders

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