The State Courts in 2005: A Year of Living Dangerously

Court security proved to be a danger that could bring the branches of government together. A series of summits brought together officials from all three branches of government at the local, state and federal levels. The result was A National Strategic Plan for Judicial Branch Security. Other dangers were not adequately addressed, especially those resulting from efforts for politicize the judiciary in ways that pose fundamental threats to longstanding checks and balances among the branches of state government.

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About the Author
David Rottman is principal court research consultant at the National Center for State Courts, where he has worked since 1987. His current interests include judicial selection, public opinion on the courts, the evolution of court structure, and the pros and cons of problem-solving courts. He is the author of books on modern Ireland, social class, and community courts. Rottman has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana, and previously worked at the Economic and Social Institute in Dublin, Ireland.