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.
Goals for 2014- 2015:
The Standards Committee, chaired by 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 Free Trial and Public Discourse containing both “black letter” and extensive commentary. The Standards were drafted by a Task Force led by Ron Goldstock. The commentary was drafted by reporter Prof. Jessica Roth.
The Prosecution and Defense Function Standards will be presented the ABA House of Delegates at the Midyear meeting. Once approved work will begin on the commentary.. The proposed Standards were developed by a Task Force chaired by Hon. John Tunheim. The Reporter is Prof. Rory Little.
Standards Committee expects to present the Juvenile Justice Standards on Dual Jurisdiction, Cross-Over and Multi-Needs Youth to the CJS Council in 2015. The Task Force Chair is Hon. Ernestine Gray. The Task Force Reporter is Prof. Kristin Henning.
Standards Committee will begin its work on reviewing the Mental Health Standards this Winter. The task force is chaired by Prof. Chris Slobogin and the reporter is Prof. Larry Fitch.
Standards Committee expects to present the Monitors Standards to the CJS Council in 2015. The Task Force Chair is Ron Goldstock. The Task Force Reporter is Prof. David Hess.
A task force to review the Discovery Standards will start meeting in 2014. Hon. Marty Marcus is will chair this task force. The reporter is Prof. Jennifer Laurin.