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2020 NALS Court Observance Week -The Intersection of Technology and Tradition
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This year’s theme "The Intersection of Technology and Tradition" reflects the dramatic challenges facing the court system during a global pandemic.

 Export to Your Calendar 10/11/2020 to 10/17/2020
When: October 14
Where: United States

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On October 14, 1974, President Gerald R. Ford signed a proclamation designating the second full week of October as NALS Court Observance Week. This proclamation established the basis for a NALS tradition of recognizing the skill and dedication to the system we serve. NALS has continued this tradition over the years by establishing an annual theme which our states and chapters promote when hosting Court Observance Week events locally. This year’s theme reflects the dramatic challenges facing the court system during a global pandemic.


We encourage every member, chapter, and committee to organize, publicize, and participate in an event during NALS Court Observance Week in celebration of the constitutional freedoms our courts protect. 


What can you do to get involved?

    • Create a directory of the courts that are holding online proceedings in your area.
    • Watch a court broadcast and write a short article about what you observed and learned. (Would also make a great student essay project.)
    • Create a “Watching Court Online” guide for the general public. Describe what is happening for someone who is not familiar with court proceedings.
    • Interview local officials to understand the changes and the challenges of courts operating during COVID-19. Write an article or ask them to conduct a webinar to share with your local chapter as well as NALS.
    • Write a letter to the editor of your local paper about why it is important that court proceedings are online to make justice accessible to everyone.
    • Write an article about the history of cameras in the courtroom.


The possibilities are limited only by your creativity and dedication to access to justice! Share what your chapter is doing by emailing communications@nals.org.

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