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NCSC loses a colleague and a friend

Joan Kay Cochet, loving wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, and twin sister, passed away on October 9, 2014, at her home in Williamsburg. Joan is survived by her husband, Anthony Cochet Sr.; son, Andy Cochet, Jr. and his wife, Allyson and their children Drew, Noah, and Camille Joan; daughter, Cheryl; sister, Jean and her family; and father David Galliart. A visitation will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 13 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 14 at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, 215 Richmond Rd., Williamsburg. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery, 809 S. Henry St., Williamsburg. Memorial contributions may be made to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Post Office Box 1776, Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776. Online condolences may be offered at

NCSC in the news

Maryland tries out electronic court records

This week, courts in Anne Arundel County made the first tentative steps toward using electronic court records, but Maryland has no immediate plans to provide public online access to legal documents. State courts have generally not moved toward full online access to court records, according to Bill Raftery, an analyst at the National Center for State Courts. One reason: Local courts deal with more sensitive types of cases — like custody battles, for example — and handle a much great volume of filings. Read the full story in The Baltimore Sun.

Fitzgerald appointed next chief judge of 11th Judicial Circuit of Illinois

The circuit judges of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Illinois have elected Circuit Judge Kevin P. Fitzgerald as the next chief judge of the circuit. Fitzgerald has supervised a court improvement child protection data collection project in conjunction with the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts and the National Center for State Courts. Read the full story in the Paxton Record.


News releases

Jefferson Parish Court of Clerk named recipient of 2014 Munsterman Award

The National Center for State Courts has selected Jon A. Gegenheimer, Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court in Gretna, Louisiana, as the recipient of the 2014 G. Thomas Munsterman Award for Jury Innovation. The Munsterman Award recognizes states, local courts, organizations or individuals that have made significant improvements or innovations in jury procedures, operations and practices. Read the full press release.

Center for Judicial Ethics moves to National Center for State Courts

The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) today announced the acquisition of the Center for Judicial Ethics (the Center), a national clearinghouse on judicial ethics and discipline. Read the full press release.