Formed in Washington, D.C. in January 1982, the Council for Court Excellence is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, civic organization. The Council has been the moving force behind adoption of the one day/one trial jury system in the D.C. Superior Court, modernization of the trial and grand jury systems, reform of the District of Columbia probate laws and procedures, expansion of crime victim rights, improvement in court handling of child neglect and abuse cases, and proposing methods to speed resolution of civil cases by the D.C. trial and appellate courts. To improve the public's access to justice and increase their understanding of our justice system, the Council over the years has published and disseminated over 350,000 copies of plain-language booklets and other materials explaining a wide variety of court systems.
District of Columbia
District of Columbia
Dr. June Kress
justice system reform, criminal justice, civil justice, family justice, access to justice, jury
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1111 14th St NW Ste 500
Washington, DC 20005 USA
Administration of Justice, Courts (Court Administration, Court Reform, Alternatives to Litigation and Sentencing) (I50)
Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (I05)
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2009 Program Plan
DC Juvenile Justice Initiative
This initiative will address at least two aspects of the DC Juvenile Justice system, including community education and training programs following the spring 2009 publication of the Guide to the DC Juvenile Justice System, and public reporting of DC juvenile justice case processing performance standards articulated in CCE’s 2008 Evaluation of the Effect of Juvenile Speedy Trial Emergency Legislation.
Business and the Courts
CCE will study business usage of the DC courts and federal courts in DC as well as business usage of non-court-based alternative dispute resolution methods. The study will identify any issues which reduce confidence in the efficiency or effectiveness of the courts and identify recommendations, including whether a DC “business court” might be desirable.
DC Prisoner Reentry Initiative
Continuing work from 2008, the Initiative, which includes representatives of government agencies, ex-offender advocates, and CCE board members, is addressing legal and other barriers ex-offenders face in obtaining employment, including the availability of appropriate job training, job readiness and education programs at the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency. A final action plan and recommendations will be published.
DC Pedestrian Safety Project
Following several high-profile pedestrian fatalities and accidents in 2007, a CCE board committee convened to address better DC pedestrian safety methods. The committee seeks to have the MPD place a priority on effective and consistent enforcement of rules governing moving traffic violations. The CCE board-driven project contributed to the passage of the Pedestrian Safety Reinforcement Act of 2008 and will continue advocacy work in 2009.
Community Civic Education Program
The committee will provide a number of educational discussion programs on a variety of topics related to the DC justice system. The program will partner with community or governmental organizations throughout the District of Columbia, such as neighborhood civic associations, churches or other faith-based centers, all of which convene community members on a regular basis. CCE will offer and provide appropriate speakers to address topics selected by the host organization.
School Jury Education Project
CCE will partner with the Street Law program in DC high schools to bring judges to the classrooms to present interactive jury education lessons using CCE’s mock-trial video, challenging the students to become the jury and decide the case.
DC Child Welfare System Reform. CCE monitored the system and published its 3rd progress report on the performance of the District's foster care system, the culmination of our seven years facilitating the reforms. The District is now complying with all local and federal statutes governing the system.
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Dr. June Kress
June Kress, CCE's Executive Director since January 2004, has more than 25 years of criminal justice experience as a policy analyst, researcher, program director, consultant, and academic. She spent nearly 9 years at the US Department of Justice COPS Office and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and completed a year as a loaned intergovernmental executive with the DC Council's Judiciary Committee. Dr. Kress received a bachelor's degree in sociology from NYU and a masters and doctorate in criminology from the University of California, Berkeley.
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