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What is NAPCO?

The National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers (NAPCO) — formerly the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts (NCMC) — is an independent, nonprofit, education and research organization of chief/presiding judges and court executives in state and local trial courts regardless of size or jurisdiction. It is committed to enhancing the effective administration of…

NAPCO Conference 2016 to be held in Cleveland

A collaborative partnership between the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers (NAPCO), will present the First Annual Trial Court Leadership Conference on September 25-28, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio, at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center. This inaugural conference will bring together presiding judges and court…

Effective Judicial Leadership Needed

It is demoralizing to feel unappreciated, so it is not surprising that many court leaders feel a bit despondent when people don’t care if courts have to do more with less. Some members of the public feel that “courts are no different than the rest of government,” and “we should have less government anyway.” Naturally, those of us who work in the courts interpret tighter funding to really mean that our work is valued less and less. These improvements have not been matched by higher levels in people of trust and confidence in their courts.

2016 Conference Speakers

JUDGE JEROME (JERRY) B. ABRAMS is a Minnesota State District Court who came on to the Bench in 2008 after 27 years of a busy civil trail practice, much of it handling a wide variety of civil litigation. As a lawyer he tried numerous civil cases, some enormous, some large and not so large in a number…

A Judge Reflects on How to Reduce Courtroom Violence

ABA e-News, November 25, 2014 | By Admin In 2006, a man involved in a bitter divorce stabbed his wife to death, then went down to the courthouse and from 200 yards away shot Judge Chuck Weller at the Second Judicial Court in Reno, Nev.  The judge recovered and returned to work, but his experience lead…

American Judicature Society (AJS) Closes Doors after 101 Years

Press release from AJS Headquarters in Nashville, TN | Oct 1, 2014 On September 26, 2014, the Board of Directors of the American Judicature Society (AJS) approved a plan to dissolve the Society and wind up its affairs. AJS was the original “fair courts” citizen organization and, for 101 years, has worked nationally to protect…