Every month, you can have The NJC Experience without leaving your office. The NJC offers regular 75-minute webcasts which feature cutting-edge topics designed to improve your judicial skills and abilities. Taught by national experts, every webcast is designed for judges with interactive opportunities built in to engage you and increase retention and practical application of the content.
Children’s testimony may be forensically important and reliable, but also subject to particular concerns, especially suggestibility and the difficulties inherent in having a child ‘perform’ in an adult, foreign setting. This webcast will examine questions of a child’s capacity, the child’s competence to testify, a child’s hearsay and the Confrontation guarantee, and the appropriateness of and limits regarding special accommodations when the witness is a child.
Expert witnesses are commonly presented at trial to shed light on complex technical, scientific and financial issues. This webcast will serve to assist the trier of fact in seeing through advocacy vs. objectivity.
Judicial stress can be a concern, especially for judges who have been on the bench for a lengthy time. Poetry can provide a source of inspiration, comfort and beauty that may be lacking in day-to-day routine. Judges who are aware of their humanity can be better prepared to treat people fairly and with compassion during their time in court.
This course will describe the forensic DNA analysis process to include laboratory processes, data interpretation, statistics, the DNA database (CODIS), limitations of DNA analysis, and laboratory accreditation.
This webcast will provide an overview of a wellness program designed to help judges, commissioners, and hearing officers to develop or improve eating habits, work-out routine, and seek help with alcohol and drug addictions and other problems that can affect their license. Good mental, physical and eating health habits can reduce stress, and the New Year is a great time to reflect on ways to develop a healthier lifestyle.
Self-represented litigants (SRLs) arrive eager to have their “day in court” but often must surmount issues such as limited literacy, diminished capacity, limited English, fear of public speaking, age (elderly or a child) or cultural differences. Judges are charged with striking a balance between ensuring that SRLs are fairly heard and assisting SRLs in navigating an intimating process, all while maintaining impartiality. This webcast will help judges do just that.
Every state has its own work product doctrine, but there are some basic themes that nearly every state recognizes. This webcast will cover the basic principles, which almost by definition arise in a litigation setting.
This webcast will explain the basic principles of therapeutic justice, and provide a general description of various types of Therapeutic Courts (e.g., drug courts, mental health courts, Veterans’ treatment courts). In order to examine the day-to-day operations, the webcast will explore different structures and operating procedures, and discuss why certain structures or procedures work better in some types of Therapeutic Courts than in others. The “big picture” issues of funding and statewide consistency will also be examined, as well as several statutory schemes from different states governing the creation and administration of Therapeutic Courts.
This session will provide the judiciary with an overview of the accepted methodologies of calculating lost profits. It will help to teach the judiciary the accepted terminology and proper application of the various methods so as to gain the ability to better understand the often complex expert testimony in the area.
This course will cover Rule 2.11 of the code of judicial conduct, including actual bias, the appearance of bias, family or business relationships, ex parte communications and elections.
Third-party litigation funding (TPLF) is the practice of investing in litigation — third parties pay money to a litigant or his/her counsel in a lawsuit in exchange for a contingent interest in any proceeds from the litigation, and the money paid is occasionally used to finance the litigation. TPLF is a burgeoning aspect of civil litigation in the United States.
Understanding Structured Settlements and Structured Settlement Protection Act Proceedings — A Briefing for Judges
This course will provide detailed descriptions of structured settlements to judges who may be asked to make critical decisions about them. The attendee will learn the claimant’s right to these benefits stems from a 1983 federal law confirming that all financial compensation received on account of a physical injury is exempt from taxation.
August 2016 and Beyond
The NJC will offer a minimum of 18 webcasts in 2016. The Call for Proposals for August 2016 through July 2017 will be issued in December 2015. Selections will be made in February 2016 and we will be posted here by March 15, 2016. Check back!