Director of Communications
National Center for State Courts
(Williamsburg, VA) July 27, 2016 – New Mexico Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts Arthur W. Pepin has been named president of the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), and vice-chair of the National Center for State Courts Board of Directors. Both positions are one-year terms and became effective this week during the annual joint meeting of the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators.
COSCA is comprised of the chief executives of the court systems in each state, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. The conference is committed to strengthening the judicial branch by improving the quality of state courts and increasing the public’s trust and confidence in the justice system.
On the national front, Pepin serves on the Task Force for Court Fines, Fees, and Bail Practices, and has taken a leadership role improving language access in the courts. As Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, Pepin has led New Mexico’s courts through several initiatives: expanding language access at all court levels, leading a multi-agency effort to reduce jail overcrowding in the largest judicial district in New Mexico, and Implementing a statewide electronic case management and e-filing system that has changed the way courts manage and process cases in the state.
Pepin has served as Director of the New Mexico AOC since 2006. He has been a member of COSCA since 2006, and served on COSCA’s Board of Directors since 2012. He currently serves as Chair of the Bernalillo County Criminal Justice Review Commission and is a member of the national Task Force on Court Fines, Fees, and Bail Practices.
Pepin received the 2014 Warren E. Burger Award for Judicial Excellence presented by the National Center for State Courts. Named for the late Chief Justice of the United States, the Burger Award honors a state court system administrative official who demonstrates professional expertise, leadership, integrity, creativity, innovativeness, and sound judgment.
The National Center for State Courts, headquartered in Williamsburg, Va., is a nonprofit court reform organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice by providing leadership and service to the state courts. Founded in 1971 by the Conference of Chief Justices and Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger, NCSC provides education, training, technology, management, and research services to the nation’s state courts.
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