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Civil Justice

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Modernizing Minor Guardianship in State Courts

More than 4% of all children live in kinship care arrangements, where relatives are responsible for children who may or may not have a living biological parent. One such arrangement is commonly known as minor guardianship, where caregivers can petition state civil courts to obtain legal rights and responsibilities over a minor child with varied involvement from the public child welfare system. 

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Civil Justice: Service of Process

This page houses 50-state statutory charts covering service of process in civil court cases, including the required contents and basic methods of delivery that are allowed.

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CIVIL & CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Civil Justice

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Procedural Justice

Procedural Justice: Alternatives to Civil Contempt in Child Support Cases

In recent years, state and federal policymakers have realized most child support policies do not distinguish between noncustodial parents, usually fathers, who evade paying support from those who would pay support if they had the financial means. As a result, both levels of government are evaluating the cost, fairness and effectiveness of civil contempt as a tool to increase child support payments.

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What the Social Sciences Can Tell Us About Remote Jury Trials

As COVID-19 spread, many states and government agencies quickly put in place preventive measures to contain the outbreak. Courts were no exception, and many have experimented with remote civil jury trials to deal with the resulting backlog of cases. Social scientists are now offering insight on the effects of this approach.

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