National Center for State Courts

The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) is an independent, nonprofit court improvement organization.  It was aimed to become a clearinghouse for research information and comparative data to support improvement in state courts’ judicial administration.

The NCSC was found in the year 1971 by the influence of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Warren E. Burger.

The NCSC intends to improve the administration of justice through leadership and service to all state courts nation wide.  The NCSC expects to serve as a thinking centre to foresee developments, identify best practices, promote experimentation, establish performance standards and measures, evaluate program performance, and foster adaptation to change.  The NCSC hopes to provide a national forum, create a national leadership agenda, serve as a national voice among national courts associations, strengthen the rule of law and serve as a model organization.

The NCSC’s efforts are directed by collaborative work with the Conference of Chief Justices, the Conference of State Court Administrators, and other associations of judicial leaders.  Therefore, NCSC is able to return expertise to the courts from Web resources to hands-on assistance.   Judges and court administrators can register for educational courses or contract with NCSC researchers and consultants for evaluation, assessment, and implementation of court improvement tools and methods.

The NCSC’s services such as research, information services, education and consulting are focused on helping courts plan, make decisions, and implement improvements that save time and money, while ensuring judicial administration that supports fair and impartial decision making.  It is the premier provider of quality services meeting the current and future needs of the U.S. state courts.

The NCSC began operations at the headquarters of the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C., and moved to its permanent headquarters in Williamsburg in 1978.


300 Newport Avenue,
Williamsburg VA 23185

Phone / Fax: (757) 220-0449

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