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The next available capital cases course will be held in 2019 (date and location TBD). Please visit www.judges.org/courses for up-to-date course information.

Handling Capital Cases (JS 623)
May 22 - 25, 2017 | Nashville, TN | Tuition: $1,349 | Conference Fee: $499

Death is different. You feel it the moment you enter a courtroom when a capital case is beginning. Even if you have experience handling major criminal cases, if you are not experienced in hearing capital cases, you may find yourself lost in the seemingly endless array of motions, hearings, and appeals that are unique to capital cases. The burden on the criminal process is heavy, and the usual rules often have limited use in capital cases. You will be able to summarize the trends in recent U.S. Supreme Court capital cases; ensure that a jury has been properly “death qualified” through voir dire; handle the penalty phase and sentencing efficiently after analyzing what constitutes aggravating and mitigating circumstances; ensure that responses to the media are appropriate and well-conceived; and rule effectively on post-trial motions.

This course qualifies for two credits in the Judicial Studies degree program upon successful completion of the course and the course exam. In addition, this course qualifies for the Certificate in Judicial Development General Jurisdiction Trial Skills programs.




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