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  • Arizona CJ meets with Sen. McCain Arizona Chief Justice Scott Bales Scott Bales and Administrative Director of the Arizona Courts David Byers met with Sen. John McCain in Washington D.C., last week to discuss issues critical to the courts. read more
  • Alaska chief justice stresses importance of tribal relations Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Dana Fabe stressed the importance of working with tribal courts and the need to maintain rural access to the court system during her annual address to lawmakers. read more
  • Md. chief judge gives state Of judiciary speech Maryland Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera highlighted the need to support innovative approaches to challenging matters before the courts. read more
  • Download conference materials Download the conference materials from CCJ's Midyear meeting. 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.