Virginia administrator elected to national court leadership position


Lorri Montgomery
Communications Director
National Center for State Courts

Virginia administrator elected to national court leadership position

Williamsburg, Va., August 3, 2020 — Karl Hade, the top administrative court official in Virginia, was elected vice president of the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) during the association’s annual meeting last week, which was held virtually.

COSCA, which is comprised of the top administrators of the court systems in each state, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories, 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.

Hade, whose title is Executive Secretary, has been Virginia’s top administrative court official since July 2005 and is known for his steady and effective leadership. He has been with the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES) since 1982.  Prior to his appointment as Executive Secretary, he served in a number of capacities within the Department of Judicial Information Technology in the Office of the Executive Secretary.  His most recent position with that department was that of Director, where he was responsible for the management of the day-to-day operations of the entire department, which supports a wide range of information technology services for all courts and magistrate offices throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Hade is a member of the Virginia Forensic Science Board, Virginia Indigent Defense Commission and serves as Secretary for the Committee on District Courts, Judicial Council of Virginia and the Judicial Conferences of Virginia.  He has received the Supreme Court of Virginia Distinguished Service Award as well as the OES Career Service Award.

Hade received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and his Master's degree in Business Administration, summa cum laude, from the University of Richmond.

The National Center for State Courts, headquartered in Williamsburg, Va., is a nonprofit court 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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