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Judicial Branch Director of Court Services Kay M. Pedretti receives national award for service

Posted: Friday, May 4, 2018

The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) has awarded Minnesota Judicial Branch Director of Court Services Kay Pedretti the 2017 NCSC Distinguished Service Award. This award is an honor given to one state-level court administrator each year and is one of the highest awards the organization offers.
Pedretti was honored with the award on May 2, 2018, by NCSC President Mary Campbell McQueen during the two-day Minnesota Court Business Conference in St. Cloud, Minn. In its announcement, NCSC highlighted Pedretti’s efforts to improve self-represented litigant services, improve jury management, advance training for court staff, centralize Court Payment Center operations, enhance the Court Interpreter Program, expedite child support, and foster problem-solving for treatment courts.
“Kay’s leadership is rooted in innovation, and she has been the driving force behind many of the major critical improvements the Judicial Branch has undertaken,” said State Court Administrator Jeff Shorba. “She is an exemplary NCSC Distinguished Service Award winner. I join her staff and the Branch in congratulating her on this deserving recognition.”
Pedretti serves on the National Center for State Courts Court Consulting Services Advisory Committee. The nonprofit court organization was founded in 1971 by the Conference of Chief Justices and Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger to promote the administration of justice in state courts.