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Idaho court administrator wins top state court honor

The National Center for State Courts has awarded Patricia Tobias, the administrative director of Idaho’s court system, its Warren E. Burger Award.

The award is given annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the administration of the nation’s state courts. Award winners demonstrate professional expertise, leadership, creativity, innovation and sound judgment. The award honors administrators whose steps to improve court operation at the state or local level may apply to courts nationwide.

Tobias has been the administrator of Idaho’s court system since 1993. She has helped introduce improvements including creative use of technology, enhanced training for court personnel, courts focusing on families and children, drug courts, and services designed to help citizens understand and navigate the judicial system. She previously worked in court administrative positions in Missouri.

Tobias was awarded the Idaho Court’s Kramer Award in 2001, the Idaho State Bar’s Award of Distinction in 2003, the Public Policy Leadership Award in 2003 and the Justice Management Institute’s Ernest C. Friesen Award of Excellence in 2008. She earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois, and her master’s in judicial administration from the University of Denver College of Law.

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