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Portfolio of Public Health Law Bench Books
Interested representatives of the judiciary and public health officials
have been collaborating on the development of public health law “bench
books”. Bench books are commonly used by judges as functional practice
guides designed to accelerate their understanding of an area of law.
Courts in most states, for example, typically have civil and criminal
law bench books. In Indiana, the public health law bench book devotes
particular attention to legal authorities relating to public health emergencies.
The Indiana bench book was the first bench book in the country devoted to
public health law, and it is serving as a template for development of others,
including the just-released Kentucky bench book. As states refine their
approaches to bench book development, some are devoting a portion to a treatise-like
discussion of public health law, intended for use by public health officials,
state and local public health attorneys, and the public. A “practice supplement”
or “application section” is then designed to provide useful, easily accessible
law of practical and immediate use to judges, perhaps with cross-references
to the broader treatment. These refined bench books will be made available
at this site as they are finalized.
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