Special Considerations for the Rural Court Judge
October 1-November 16, 2012
Judges in rural courts throughout our nation share a unique circumstance marked by isolation, under funding, lack of collateral social services in their communities, and a high public profile. This online course offers techniques, tools and suggestions to the participants which can be adapted in their courts. Participants will gain a broad perspective on successful approaches to ethical relations with residents and attorneys. Additionally, participants will gain important information about the role of tribal and part-time judges, security, emergency management, alternative sentencing options, effective internal relations, meeting organized challenges to judicial authority, and accessing services through technology to meet a range of needs, including interpreters and legal research. Participants will enjoy a safe and confidential environment for the exchange of ideas among colleagues who face the same unique issues. Participants will have weekly assignments, online group discussions and six live Web conferences with the faculty. It is anticipated that judges will spend between four and five hours on lessons per week. On Thursday of each week of the course, the faculty will deliver a live one-hour Web conference.
Qualifies as an elective for the Certificate in Judicial Development, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills and Special Court Trial Skills programs.