Our February Question of the Month asked judges if they believe the judiciary is, in practice, a coequal branch of the government, as the Constitution envisions.
By Justice Daniel J. Crothers
Judges often wonder if they may join online social networks. Jurisdictions universally say yes, but they either prohibit or urge extreme caution when posting with people who appear before the judge.
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.