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On behalf of the American Judges Association, thank you so much for visiting our home page. We hope you are already a member of our wonderful organization, the largest judges’ association in North America. We are proud to include members from all levels of U.S. state courts, as well as from the Canadian legal system. And we are closely affiliated with a wide range of other national organizations committed to better courts, including the National Center for State Courts, the National Association of State Judicial Educators, the Council of Chief Justices, the Conference of State court Administrators, and the National Association for Court Management. Read the president's full message.
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New Materials for Procedural Fairness
AJA has done 11 interviews with leading figures nationally on how to improve perceptions of fairness in our courts.
See the interviews »
New Judicial Education Course
A free, online, comprehensive Domestic Violence educational resource for judges.
This course contains interactive modules on key topics which will allow judges to learn at their own pace from leading national experts.
See it now »
- The American Judges Association issues a statement on Separation Policy.
The AJA Executive Committee released a press release applauding historic funding for Treatment Courts across the country.
A Canadian judge gave specific note to the usefulness of Judge Wayne Gorman’s piece in Court Review on the Canadian law of bail.
The AJA Executive Committee recently endorsed two resolutions. The first supports due process and judicial independence in Turkey, and the second looks at various aspects of the issue of pre-trial release.
- AJA is pleased to announce 2018 Award Recipients
AJA presented its 2018 awards at the recent annual conference. AJA was honored to present its Harold V. Froehlich Judicial Courage Award to Judge R.H. Wallace, Jr. of the 96th Judicial District Court in Ft. Worth, Texas. In addition, AJA was pleased to present the Chief Justice Richard W. Holmes Award of Merit to Chief Justice Scott Bales of the Supreme Court of Arizona and the Libby Hines Domestic Violence Award to Chief Judge Berryl Anderson of the Dekalb County Magistrate Court in Decatur, Georgia. Other awards presented included the Nachtigal Award (to a non-judge who has made substantial contributions toward the judiciary) to Fred Nachtigal, the Judge Elliott Zide Award (for Judicial Education) to Judge Betty Thomas Moore and Justice Robert J. Torres, and the Burnett Award (for contributions by a member to AJA) to John B. Williams.
AJA adopts latest white paper on procedural fairness
The American Judges Association, at its annual conference in Seattle, adopted the latest in a series of white papers focusing on procedural fairness. The paper, “The Judge is the Key Component: The Importance of Procedural Fairness in Drug-Treatment Courts,” can be found here.
- Judges Invited to Join Adult and Juvenile Cases Listserv
The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) invites all judges who preside over adult and juvenile cases involving community supervision, including pre-trial and probation, to join a listserv. This listserv will serve as a secure and confidential means for judges across the country to engage in open discussions about current local and national issues in community supervision. Judges and the NCSC will have the ability to post informational items as well as to pose questions to other listserv members and engage in discussions. To join the listserv, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the body of the message, type: join Judges-CommunitySupervision. Then follow the instructions in the return message to confirm the request. Please contact Michelle White at email@example.com with any questions or for additional information.
- New Center on Access to Justice for All
Technical assistance available through new Center on Court Access to Justice for All. The National Center for State Courts has launched a new Web site to assist courts in their efforts to expand access to justice. For more information, see this announcement or visit the Access Center at www.ncsc.org/atj.
- AJA announces completion of an updated booklet for judges on domestic violence - Domestic Violence and the Courtroom, Knowing the Issues... Understanding the Victim.
2018 Annual Conference
(Island of Kauai)