President's Message

Thank you for visiting our home page. We are the largest judges association in North America, and proud to include members from all jurisdictions and levels of courts throughout the United States and Canada. We are also closely affiliated with a wide range of other national organizations, including the National Center for State Courts, the National Association of State Judicial Educators, the Conference of Chief Justices, the Conference of State Court Administrators, and the National Association for Court Management.

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    AJA celebrates one of its own

      Long-time AJA member Elizabeth “Libby” Hines was recognized last week at the U.S. Supreme Court, receiving the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence – congratulations, Libby!

      Read the press release »



    The who, what, when, where and how of state courts

      The National Center for State Courts has developed a three-minute “explainer” video about the role of state courts in our democracy. The video explains why the Founding Fathers elevated the judiciary to its status as the government’s third and equal branch.



    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

      Here Now!

      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 »

    Latest News

    • AJA announces GET INVOLVED, an ambitious new membership development campaign
      In a recent message to every current AJA member, President, Justice Robert Torres (Guam Supreme Count) announced the launch of Get Involved, the Association’s ambitious program to double the size of its membership. In doing so he said: “If AJA is to continue to be the pre-eminent voice of the judiciary, we will need every existing member to GET INVOLVED  in this ambitious campaign. We simply must have more members to assume key roles in the organization for  AJA to effectively continue to develop our well-respected brands of:  Judicial Excellence, Procedural Fairness, Making Better Judges, and advocate  for independent, accessible and fair courts. Getting and keeping judges involved in a member-driven, judges-only professional association is becoming an increasingly difficult challenge.  If AJA is to succeed in this ambitious membership development campaign, every current AJA member must GET INVOLVED.”

      To make it easier for AJA members to GET INVOLVED, they will be provided with a straightforward toolkit outlining what each member can do in less than 10 minutes to recruit judges to join AJA.


    • 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 2019 Award Recipients

      Michigan Chief Justice Bridget McCormack presented the 2019 Harold V. Froehlich Judicial Courage Award to Justice Elizabeth Clement of the Michigan Supreme Court (pictured left) during AJA’s Annual Conference in Chicago. In addition, AJA was pleased to present the Nachtigal Award to Mary McQueen, President, National Center for  State Courts and the Libby Hines Domestic Violence Award to Judge Rosemary Collins (ret.), Winnebago County (IL) Circuit Court. Other awards presented included the Judge Elliott Zide Award (for Judicial Education) to Judge Natalie Tyrrell and the American Gavel Award (for outstanding legal journalism) to Linda Greenhouse.


    • 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  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 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 (Announcement.)

    • AJA announces completion of an updated booklet for judges on domestic violence - Domestic Violence and the Courtroom, Knowing the Issues... Understanding the Victim.

    Upcoming Events


    2019 Annual Meeting

    September 15-19
    Chicago, Illinois


2019 Annual Meeting

Sept. 15-19
Chicago, Illinois
The Drake Hotel Chicago