By promoting practices that ensure individualized decision-making, protect due process, provide access to counsel, conduct meaningful scrutiny of probable cause statements, and decrease reliance on monetary bail and unnecessary release conditions, judges can positively support meaningful improvements to pretrial practices without compromising concerns about public safety. To assist judges in their efforts to fulfill this role, NACDL offers the following resources
Views from the Bench: Judicial Views on Pretrial Practices featuring Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, Scott Bales and former California Superior Court Judge and former Director of DOJ's Access to Justice Program, Lisa Foster.
A report from a 2017 conference hosted by the Monroe Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics at Hofstra University's Maurice A. Deane School of Law. The 2-day program featured an array of court system stakeholders including judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, scholars, and policy experts brought together to identify and develop practices that courts can adopt to improve the delivery of substantive and procedural justice. Convening Organizations included: the Freedman Institute, the State of New York Unified Court System, the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, the Center for Court Innovation, and NACDL. Conference report authored by Andrea Marsh, University of Texas School of Law. Additional support provided by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Pre-Trial Suppression & Fourth Amendment Issues
This Trial Guide is a topical and practical handbook examining the nuts and bolts of the most current Fourth Amendment & Pre-Trial Suppression issues encountered in modern criminal cases.
Defense Counsel Playbook for Eyewitness ID Cases
This Trial Guide was written to help counsel use existing case law to its strongest advantage, and to create a framework for appellate challenges urging courts to adopt leading cases.
Ultimate Cross 2.0
This special CLE compilation program includes the highest-rated presentations on Cross-Examination techniques from NACDL's most recent seminars (2017-2019).
Forensic Sciences in Criminal Cases: A Multidiscipline Primer
In order to challenge forensic evidence, experts, reports and findings commonly encountered in the courtroom, an attorney must first have a basic understanding of the forensic issues that they will be confronting.