American Bar Association
Criminal Justice Section: Criminal Justice Standards Committee

Criminal Justice Section:
Criminal Justice Standards Committee

About the Committee

The Standards Committee is responsible for keeping the prestigious multi-volume Standards for Criminal Justice up-to-date and relevant to criminal justice policymakers and practitioners. Appointed by the ABA President from recommendations of the Section Chair, its nine members commission task forces to draft new Standards on emerging issues or to propose revisions to existing Standards. The Committee reviews, refines, and presents the task forces' proposed "black letter" Standards to the Criminal Justice Section Council for approval prior to their submission to the ABA House of Delegates. Once the Standards are approved as ABA policy, the Committee approves commentary to accompany them in published volumes.


The Standards Committee, chaired by Attorney John Cline, will take a number of steps during the forthcoming Association Year to ensure that the ABA Criminal Justice Standards continue to be relevant, timely, and of the highest quality. Specifically:

Early in the new year, the Committee will print a paperback publication on the Standards on Fair Trial and Public Discourse containing both “black letter” and extensive commentary. These standards will be the first volume of standards also published in e-book format. The Committee is also planning a number of events in conjunction with the book release, as well as roundtables and training programs. The Task Force Chair is Ronald Goldstock, and the Reporter is Professor Jessica Roth.

Committee representatives will present the proposed Standards on Post Conviction Remedies and Dual Jurisdiction Youth to the Council for a first reading in November 2016. The proposed Post Conviction Standards were developed by a Task Force chaired by Robert Johnson. The Reporter is Professor Larry Yackle. The Dual Jurisdiction Youth Standards were developed by a Task Force co-chaired by Robert Schwartz and Judge Earnestine Gray. The Reporter is Professor Kris Henning.

The Standards Committee expects to approve the revisions to Diversion and Specialized Courts Standards by the end of 2016, and schedule a first reading by Council for the spring meeting in 2017.

The Mental Health Standards were approved by the ABA House of Delegates in August 2016. Once the commentary is completed, the standards will be submitted for publication. The Task Force Chair is Prof. Christopher Slobogin. The Task Force Reporter is Prof. Larry Fitch.

The Monitors Standards are nearing completion of the commentary, and publication is expected by summer 2017. Once published, the Committee hopes to hold a number of programs about these standards. The Task Force Chair is Ronald Goldstock. The Task Force Reporter is Prof. David Hess.

The Prosecution and Defense Function Standards are nearing completion of the commentary. Once approved by the Standards committee, these standards will be published. The standards committee plans to circulate these standards to law schools and prosecution/public defender offices, in conjunction with trainings.

The Discovery Standards Task Force continues its work. Hon. Marty Marcus is chair of this task force. The Reporter is Jennifer Laurin.

Finally, the Juvenile Justice Standards Task Force held its first meeting in July 2016. The task force is scheduled to meet in January 2017. The task force is chaired by Marsha Levick. The reporter is Jyoti Nanda.



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Modified by Kyo Suh on October 21, 2016

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