Thursday, December 7, 2017
NACDL has this news release. In part:
On April 6 and 7, 2017, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the Foundation for Criminal Justice, the Monroe Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics at Hofstra University's Maurice A. Deane School of Law, the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, the Center for Court Innovation, and the State of New York Unified Court System convened a conference designed to explore the impediments to and reforms needed to ensure effective justice in all stages of the criminal process, with a particular focus on the judicial role in high-volume misdemeanor courts. The conference took place at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. The conference assembled judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, scholars, and criminal justice policy experts to identify practical reforms to improve the quality of justice in state and local criminal justice systems.
This report – Judicial Responsibility for Justice in Criminal Courts – shares discussions and recommendations that emerged from the conference's presentations, panels, and work groups. Conference participants generated many proposals for specific reforms that judges can implement to improve the delivery of justice in misdemeanor courts.