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  • Panel urges changes to N.J. criminal justice system A panel appointed by New Jersey's chief judge recommended a shift in how the state treats defendants before trial, urging a greater focus on community safety in deciding who goes free and who remains locked up. read more
  • Undercover shoppers in Connecticut courtroom Over the course of the past few years, the Connecticut Judicial Branch has enacted a "secret shopper" program, which rates the state's customer service in the courtroom. read more
  • CJ Toal seeking millions to safeguard court info South Carolina Chief Justice Jean Toal told a Senate panel that she needs more money to safeguard digital information for courts around the state. read more
  • Chief justice says Michigan must address judicial pay Michigan Chief Justice Robert Young Jr. told a legislative subcommittee earlier this week that the state is approaching a crisis under which it will be difficult to recruit and retain judges. read more
  • Louisiana Supreme Court Justice portrait unveiled Members of the Louisiana court community gathered to unveil the official portrait of Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson in mid-February. read more
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The Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) was founded in 1949 to provide an opportunity for the highest judicial officers of the states to meet and discuss matters of importance in improving the administration of justice, rules and methods of procedure, and the organization and operation of state courts and judicial systems, and to make recommendations and bring about improvements on such matters.

Membership in the Conference of Chief Justices consists of the highest judicial officer of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of American Samoa, Guam and the Virgin Islands. The Conference of Chief Justices is governed by a Board of Directors and has several standing, temporary and special committees to assist the Conference in meeting its objectives. In 1983, the Board of Directors voted to adopt a non-profit corporate form of organization.

Through resolutions, committees, and special task forces, CCJ has addressed such issues as federalism legislation, including mass torts, class actions, and the Trade legislation; violence against women; development of problem-solving courts, privacy and access to court records, self-represented litigation; the handling of child abuse and neglect cases; victims' rights; and DNA and competence of counsel.