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National Center remembers William E. Hewitt


The National Center mourns the loss of one of our pioneer thinkers. William E. (Bill) Hewitt, former senior staff member at the National Center for State Courts, died on November 27 at the age of 73. Bill was one of the visionary thinkers in the field of court administration, having worked in the judicial branch for over 32 years at the local, state and national levels. His unique perspective was brought to bear on a number of widely read books and articles on caseflow management, court interpreter policy and practices, trial court performance, making the court record, court organization, juvenile and family law courts, and more. Courts That Succeed: Six Profiles of Successful Courts (1990) a landmark study in caseflow management, is perhaps the best known of these works on court administration.

Bill, who started at NCSC in 1988, was the lead author on the definitive book on court interpreters, Court Interpretation: Model and Guides for Policy and Practice in the State Courts (1995), out of which he built the national network that resulted in the creation of the Consortium for State Court Interpreter Certification. The Consortium was a multi-state partnership dedicated to developing court interpreter proficiency tests, making tests available to member states, and regulating the use of the tests. Consortium resources promoted language access by creating economies of scale across jurisdictional and organizational boundaries. The Consortium’s approach to transcending jurisdictional constraints to promote access to justice resulted in it being named a finalist in the Kennedy School of Government’s Innovations in American Government awards program in 2003.

Bill was the recipient of the NCSC Staff Excellence Award in 1996 and the inaugural Bob Tobin Award in 1996 for his work on CourTools. We will honor his memory through our ongoing commitment to improving access to justice in the state courts.

NCSC in the news

After two decades of service, Utah’s court administrator announces he will be retiring in May

State Court Administrator Dan Becker has announced he will be retiring May 1, after 21 years of service. "Utah's court system is the international gold standard," for state court systems, said Mary C. McQueen, president of the National Center for State Courts. Read the full story.

Retired Utah appellate judge receives national achievement award

Retired Utah Court of Appeals Judge William Thorne Jr. was honored Wednesday for distinguished service by the National Center for State Courts. Read the full story.


News releases

NCSC inducts five members into Warren E. Burger Society

NCSC inducted five new members into the Warren E. Burger Society during NCSC’s Annual Recognition Luncheon November 17, 2016. The ceremony, held at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C., was hosted by Kentucky Chief Justice John Minton, president of the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and chair of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Board of Directors.  Read the full press release.

Texas judge recipient of William H. Rehnquist Award for work on veterans’ courts

Texas Judge Marc C. Carter has been named recipient of the 2016 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, presented annually by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). The Rehnquist Award recognizes a state court judge who possesses integrity, fairness, open-mindedness, intellectual courage, and sound judgment. Read the full press release.