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Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal Membership

New Chief Judge Orientation


The Council is comprised of the chief judges of intermediate courts of appeal in the 39 states with such courts. Individual states are invited to join. Current Chief Judges from member states and judges who are slated to become chief judges within the next year also can participate, as can former chief judges.

Why Join — The Value of CCJSCA Membership and Participation

The Council’s Mission: The Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal (CCJSCA), was formed in 1980 as “a body for consultation” and education “concerning the improvement of the administration of justice, rules and methods of procedure, and the organization and operation of state intermediate appellate courts.”

The Council’s National Reach: The Council is affiliated with the National Center for State Courts, a nonprofit court improvement organization that provides research, information services, education and consulting for various court associations including the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators, with whom the Council collaborates on important justice issues and programs.

The Council’s Education Programs: The Council offers a variety of education programs both at its annual conference and year round through its website. The educational offerings are tailored to the needs of presiding officers, as described below.

The Opportunity to Collaborate & Network: Staff for the Council is provided by the National Center for State Courts but the Council is run by its members. Active participation in the Council through its various committees affords judges an opportunity to shape the Council’s agenda while working with judicial colleagues from across the nation

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Educational Opportunities

The Council provides access to many educational resources including educational modules, videos and information on web based educational programs. View them in the Learning Center


Collaboration & Networking

The Council’s mission is accomplished through the work of its committees. For a description of the work assigned to each committee , see the Committee Overview.