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State Fair Debt Collection Practices Acts

State Fair Debt Collection Practices Acts

As COVID-19 continues to impact the economy, many people face looming debt collection calls or notices. State legislators have long sought to protect consumers from unfair debt collection practices. This page shows just some of the efforts made to protect consumer debtors.

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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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