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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 »

       

     

    Nachtigal Award



      AJA President Robert J. Torres presented NCSC President Mary McQueen with the Nachtigal Award from the American Judges Association at CTC 2019.

       

     

    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 »


     

    AJA’s 2020 Educational Webinar Series

      The American Judges Association has selected a panel of national experts to present a series of judicial education webinars for judges and court leaders on topics challenging to courts. Participants will be able to ask questions of the experts at the end of each live presentation. The webinars will be recorded for those who may not be able to attend. Three live webinars will focus on the following topics:


      • Understanding the Behavior of Perpetrators of Domestic Violence and their Victims: What Judges Need to Know
      • Procedural Fairness: What Every Judge & Court Leader Needs to Know
      • Developing Issues with Standard Field Sobriety Tests in Impaired Driving Cases

      • WATCH THE RECORDED WEBINARS »

    Updated Judicial Education Course


      AJA is pleased to offer complimentary, comprehensive, web-based domestic violence (DV) education for new and experienced judges. In "Effective Adjudication of Domestic Abuse Cases," an avatar judge will lead you, at your own pace, through five interactive modules featuring leading DV experts from the U.S. and Canada. Produced by the National Center for State Courts, the modules address the dynamics of DV, civil protection orders, custody and DV, special evidentiary issues, and sentencing.

      Completion of all five modules entitles the viewer to a certificate that may be used to seek continuing legal education credits.

       

      See it now »

    Latest News


    • AJA Seeks Leadership Nominations
      AJA seeks nominations from its members for a number of leadership positions for 2020-21. A complete list of the vacancies can be found here. All nominees must complete and submit a Declaration of Candidacy Form by July 2, 2020.

    • 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.

      JOIN HERE

    • 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 Call for Award Nominations

      AJA is seeking nominations for all of its 2020 awards, including the  American Gavel Awards and the Harold V. Froehlich Judicial Courage Award.  The deadline for submission of nominations for all awards is March 31, 2020.  For complete information and entry forms, please click here.


    • 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 listserv@listserv.ncsconline.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 mwhite@ncsc.org 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. (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

     

    2020 Annual Meeting

    September 13-17
    CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS

     

2020 Annual Meeting

September 13-17
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS