Courts play an essential function in the delivery of justice. Ensuring procedural fairness through the courts, both in principle and in practice, is central to the delivery of justice, experiences of equitable treatment, and perceptions of respect and fairness for LGBTQ+ court users. This session provides an overview of the national Fair Courts initiative as context for the panelists to discuss specific examples of how courts are taking proactive steps at the systems-level and in courtroom/program contexts to advance procedural fairness and access to justice for LGBTQ+ court users and justice system stakeholders based on diversity and inclusion-informed best practices. The panelists will offer a number of concrete examples of current institutional initiatives, training programs, and procedures/policies, and the Q&A segment of the session will provide attendees with an opportunity to raise challenges they see for feedback from both the panelists and other session attendees.
Speakers: Lisa R. Burke (New Jersey Judiciary - Administrative Office of the Courts); Ethan Rice (Lambda Legal); Matthew Skinner (Office of Court Administration, New York State Unified Court System)
CLE Materials: I, II, III