About to try a high-profile case? Here’s some advice

The vast majority of cases are conducted away from the spotlight and can be managed in a routine manner. When a high-profile case arrives in your court, all of that changes.

Intense media coverage and courtroom security become issues. It can be a challenge to ensure a fair trial amid such unusual circumstances.

A new website has been launched to provide judges the resources to manage such cases.

Managing High-Profile Cases for the 21st Century is a project of The National Judicial College, the National Center for State Courts and the Conference of Court Public Information Officers. Its creation was made possible through a State Justice Institute grant.

The site describes best practices for judges and court personnel during high-profile trials. It features a checklist for judges during each stage of the trial, the top six considerations for courts with a high-profile trial, and many other readings and resources.

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