Courts Publications Library

Justice Center Publications

Judges’ Guide to Mental Illnesses in the Courtroom

Judges’ Guide to Mental Illnesses in the Courtroom

The Judges’ Guide to Mental Illnesses in the Courtroom is a two-page bench card to help judges recognize the signs of possible mental illnesses among individuals in the courtroom and to respond sensitively and productively.

External Publications

The Path to Success: A DWI Case Sentencing Guide

The Path to Success: A DWI Case Sentencing Guide

This guide, published by the National Judicial College, offers guidance for judges overseeing Driving While Intoxicated cases as well as a resource for those who have been recently sentenced.

Sustaining the Change: Lessons Learned from Judicial Leaders

Sustaining the Change: Lessons Learned from Judicial Leaders

This issue in the judicial think tank series shares the lessons learned from a conversation with judicial leaders about their experiences with, and strategies for, the successful implementation of court improvement efforts–specifically, it summarizes Model Court and Implementation Sites’ Lead Judges’ recommendations for tackling issues related to the sustainability of collaborative systems change efforts to improve the child abuse and neglect case process and, ultimately, improve safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for children.

Model Programs Guide

Model Programs Guide

This online resource from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention contains information about evidence-based juvenile justice and youth prevention, intervention, and reentry programs.

Reforming Criminal Justice

Reforming Criminal Justice

This four-volume report from the Academy for Justice at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law covers dozens of topics within the areas of criminalization, policing, pretrial and trial processes, punishment, incarceration, and release.

Disrupting School-Justice Pathways for Youth with Behavioral Health Needs

Disrupting School-Justice Pathways for Youth with Behavioral Health Needs

This bulletin from the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges provides the steps necessary to implement a School Responder Model in order to keep kids with behavioral health needs in school and out of court.

Understanding Criminal Justice Debt

Understanding Criminal Justice Debt

This publication from the Fortune Society presents research on fines, restitution, and other charges associated with criminal justice involvement and describes the impact of these fees on individual lives.

Restoration of Rights Project

Restoration of Rights Project

This online resource offers state-by-state analyses of the law and practice in each U.S. jurisdiction relating to restoration of rights and status following arrest or conviction.