The idea of a society dedicated to the administration of justice was born on October 7, 1912 when AJS founder Herbert Harley sent an article entitled  “A Circular Letter Concerning the Administration of Justice” to key legal minds in each state asking for their review and opinions concerning conclusions contained in the article.

Soon after, the American Judicature Society was established in 1913 as an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with the purpose of improving the administration of justice in the United States, and to increase public understanding of the justice system.

In 2014,  AJS operations shifted from the Dwight D. Opperman Center at Drake University to the AJS Hawaii Chapter.  At the same time, AJS’s assets and programs were transferred to several institutions which include the National Center for State Courts, the Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies, the Hunter Center of the Communities Foundation of Texas, and the South Texas College of Law.


Today, the American Judicature Society continues to promote the effective administration of justice in the United States.  Towards this end, the Hawaii Chapter of AJS maintains the following standing committees that monitor issues affecting the judiciary, develop a variety of programs related to the judiciary, and publish newsletters, articles, and reports:

  • Civil Justice (Including Family Court, ADR)
  • Finance
  • Judicial Administration
  • Judicial Selection, Retention, and Accountability
  • Membership
  • Programs
  • Communications
  • Sidebar

AJS Standing Committees (Chairs, Members, and Objectives)

Other AJS Chapters have reorganized as well and reports of their activities will be posted to this website in the future.

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