State supreme court chief justices, NCSC president discuss eviction crisis with Attorney General

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Contact: Molly Justice
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National Center for State Courts
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State supreme court chief justices, NCSC president discuss eviction crisis with Attorney General

Williamsburg, Va., August 12, 2021 – Members of the Conference of Chief Justices and National Center for State Courts President Mary C. McQueen met with Attorney General Merrick B. Garland and Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta on Wednesday to discuss the housing and eviction crisis and its impact on state courts.

“It was a productive dialogue and listening session,” said Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell, president of the Conference of Chief Justices. “Today’s meeting was a continuation of our discussions with the Department of Justice about eviction diversion strategies that will assist both renters and landlords. Our state courts are working hard to implement programs that meet each jurisdiction’s individual needs.”

Additional details on the conference’s recent work with the Department of Justice can be found in the readout from Wednesday’s meeting and recent “How State Courts Can Prevent A Housing and Eviction Crisis” blog.

The National Center for State Courts has developed a suite of resources to assist state courts with eviction diversion. These resources include a diagnostic tool and a series of short videos. These resources can be found here.

The National Center for State Courts, headquartered in Williamsburg, Va., is a nonprofit court organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice by providing leadership and service to the state courts. Founded in 1971 by the Conference of Chief Justices and Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger, NCSC provides education, training, technology, management, and research services to the nation’s state courts.