Pamela Harris

Chief Executive Officer


Pamela Harris serves as the first female Maryland State Court Administrator since 2013.  She is responsible for a $546,000,000 budget and approximately 4,200 employees.  She previously held the Trial Court Administrator position for the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland for 27 years. She currently serves on the Maryland Judicial Council as well as its Executive Committee. She also serves on the Conference of Circuit Court Judges and Co-Chairs the Maryland Electronic Court Executive Steering Committee.  She also serves on the Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure and is a Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellow through the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School Of Law and the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office. 

Ms. Harris is committed to infusing evaluation-based practices into every aspect of court management so that quality initiatives achieve intended results while meeting the needs of court personnel and clientele. She has taught national and international programs on ethics, leadership, differentiated case management, and caseflow management. She also has worked extensively in the field of differentiated case management and court administration both nationally and internationally.  Ms. Harris is certified as a Fellow the Institute of Court Management and serves as faculty for Caseflow Management.

Ms. Harris serves on the Board of the Justice Management Institute (JMI) an organization committed to building better justice systems through research and evaluation.

She served a 4 year term on National Center for State Court's Board and she continues to serve that organization on the International Advisory Committee.  She also served on two National Advisory Committees that developed – Elements of Judicial Excellence as well as the Model Time Standards for State Trial Courts which was adopted by the American Bar Association House of Delegates, the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ), NACM and the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA). She currently serves as a member of the Institute for Court Management’s Advisory Committee.

In her role on the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) she serves on the Joint Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and COSCA Committee - Security and Emergency Preparedness; and as a COSCA member serves as Chair, Court Statistics Project, and Liaison to COSCA/NACM Joint Technology Committee.

Ms. Harris is a Past President of the National Association for Court Management (NACM) where she served on the Professional Development Advisory Committee (PDAC) which originally developed the NACM Core Competencies and Curriculum Guidelines; Chaired the Ethics Committee which developed the NACM Code of Ethics; and Chaired the Membership Committee. She previously held executive board positions including President of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Court Management (MAACM), an organization committed to the fair and effective administration of justice through improved management of courts.

Her international experience includes previously serving as Vice President- International Associations on the Board of the International Association for Court Administration (IACA) and now as the Chief Executive Officer. She also serves on the Board of the Maryland International Coordinating Council, Inc., (MICCI).  She previously served on the Board of the Russian American Rule of Law Consortium (RAROLC) where she worked for more than a decade promoting the rule of law and improving the capacity of local Russian legal institutions to implement reform. She also served on the Maryland Sister States Program, Legal Affairs Committee within the Maryland Governor’s Office of the Secretary of State.   She has been active internationally with various rule of law initiatives in Argentina, Brazil, El Salvador, India, Morocco, Russia, Sri Lanka, and the Ukraine.