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Groups launch website aimed at keeping courts fair, impartial

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- A coalition of groups concerned with impartial courts this week launched a website tracking litigation that could impact the fairness of the nation's court system.

Mich. appeals court judge to serve as special administrator of district court

LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) -- Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Michael Talbot has been appointed by the state Supreme Court to serve as special judicial administrator of Detroit's 36th District Court.

California's litigious legal climate threatens development, observer says


W.Va. lawsuit climate ranked last again

Rickard CHARLESTON -- For the fifth consecutive year, West Virginia's lawsuit climate has been ranked worst in the nation.

Mazer Moss responds to CLC 'plaintiff friendly' criticism

Mazer Moss Four months after a leadership shakeup at the First Judicial District courts, Judge Sandra Mazer Moss reflected on criticism she faced as coordinating judge of Philadelphia's Complex Lititgation Center (CLC).

Study shows plaintiff bias in Philly courts

Wright PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - For years defendants in tort cases have said that Philadelphia's courts are biased, but little in the way of empirical data was available to substantiate the claims.

Conference will explore how to evaluate judges

Cady DENVER (Legal Newsline) - The Denver-based Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System is hosting a national conference on appellate judicial performance evaluation next month.

Indiana chief justice to receive national honor

Randall Shepard INDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline)- Indiana's chief justice will receive a national award for excellence from the American Judicature Society, the group said.

Former U.S. justice will serve on governor's court commission

O'Connor CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has agreed to serve as the honorary chairwoman of West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin's special commission on state courts, his office announced today.

Sandra Day O'Connor recommended for review of W.Va. court system

O'Connor CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - Former United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor may soon lead the way for a reform of West Virginia's judicial system.

Missouri chief justice wants change to state judge ratings

Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Wolff. JEFFERSON CITY -- Missouri must review its judicial evaluation system and the way it assesses judges' workloads, the chief justice of Missouri's Supreme Court told state lawmakers today.