A Short History of Vera’s Work on the Judicial Process


Since its founding in 1961, the Vera Institute of Justice has designed innovations that allow courts to work more efficiently while paying greater attention to individual victims, witnesses, jurors, and defendants. Through research and demonstration projects, Vera has helped judges, prosecutors, defenders, and administrators improve the adjudication of cases from before their first hearings through their final dispositions. This brief history chronicles Vera's work in this area while highlighting key findings and results. It also includes a timeline of Vera projects and a bibliography.