By Hon. Gilbert M. Román, Colorado Court of Appeals
In the NJC’s General Jurisdiction course, Judge Tom Zonay shows this cartoon depicting a judge on the bench with a crown on his head. In it, one attorney tells another, “The judge always wore a crown when he made rulings that could only be overturned by the ‘abuse of discretion’ standard to let everyone know, ‘This is it, baby.’”
More than two out of three judges surveyed say they had no formal judicial education before they took the bench, leading many to call the beginning of their careers a baptism under fire.
We decided to have a little fun with our Question of the Month and Reflections from the Bench articles this December. For our monthly survey, we asked NJC alumni how they would have ruled if they had presided over the case in the movie Miracle on 34th Street.
Seven of our courses received near-perfect peer-reviewed scores in 2017 from participants.
By Hon. Efrain Alvarado and Hon. Jenifer M. Harris
Nearly half of all judges who participated in our monthly survey of NJC alumni indicated they have suffered from secondary traumatic stress. And the actual percentage of judges who are traumatized could be even higher, according to one expert in the field.