Chief Justice Elected to National Board

Jane Hansen, Public Information Officer, Supreme Court of Georgia

Chief Justice Hugh P. Thompson has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Conference of Chief Justices, the national organization that represents the highest judicial officers from every state in the country, as well as from the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

The 11-member board is the governing body for the Conference of Chief Justices. The purpose of the Conference is to provide an opportunity for consultation among the nation’s highest judicial officers on matters regarding the administration of justice. At this year’s annual meeting, the Conference of Chief Justices passed a resolution supporting the goal of ensuring 100 percent access to justice for all those with civil legal needs. It is an issue Chief Justice Thompson highlighted in both his 2014 and 2015 State of the Judiciary addresses to the Georgia Legislature.

altAccording to the Conference of Chief Justices, U.S. Census Bureau data show that nearly one in five Americans – 61.8 million people – are eligible for legal aid services, which represents a 21 percent increase since 2007. Among the improvements the Conference cites as goals in its resolution are increased pro bono legal assistance and legal aid services for low-income people, as well as enhanced language access services, including interpreters and services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

“I am honored and delighted to have been elected to this prestigious board,” said Chief Justice Thompson of his election July 29 in Omaha, NE during the Conference’s annual meeting. “I look forward to working with this nation’s highest judicial leaders and some of the best legal minds in the country to make our state courts strong and accessible to all who seek justice.”

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