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Courting Justice Listening Tour

The Courting Justice Listening Tour, which was hosted by Tavis Smiley on PBS, and supported by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the State Justice Institute (SJI), concluded its multi-city town hall-style sessions late last year.

An archive of programs and content exists on both the Tavis Smiley Show page and the NCSC website.  According to the host’s podcast, the audience size was greater than 50,000 unique in-home viewers for each of the three listening tours.  This does not include the views of content online or via other formats.

Key takeaways from Courting Justice show a strong desire across audiences for greater transparency, accessibility for self-represented litigants, and improvements regarding fairness, especially in the area of fines, fees, and bail.  Each Courting Justice episode addressed diverse audiences, and connected state court leadership with constituents on the major issues impacting the public and the courts.