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“Gruesome” Evidence, Science, and Rule 403

2016-10-24T14:42:41-08:00March 17th, 2016|

Jules Epstein and Suzanne Mannes Can science step in and assist in Rule 403 determinations of “unfair prejudice”? When confronted with “gruesome” evidence, all too often autopsy photos or images of severe injuries, judges must assess whether there is a risk of unfair prejudice or misleading the jury and then,

Judicial Independence: Threats and Security Considerations

2016-10-24T14:42:42-08:00March 17th, 2016|

John F. Muffler U.S. Marshal (Ret.) In my December 2014 Judicial Edge article announcing the release of the Judicial Security Survey (JSS), I talked about using the survey as a vehicle to develop short and long-term forecasts and dedicating resources in an effort to secure the judicial process, specifically its

Cultural Issues and Dispute Resolution

2016-10-24T14:42:42-08:00March 17th, 2016|

Judge Marshall A. Snider Judge Judith Mediate has been asked by her chief judge to conduct a settlement conference in a commercial landlord-tenant dispute. The disagreement between the parties centers on the issue of whether the landlord has made all of the improvements to the property required by the lease. The

Job Announcement: Hualapai Nation Associate Judge

2016-10-24T14:42:43-08:00March 14th, 2016|

JOB TITLE:  Associate Judge JUDICIAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT:  Tribal Court CLASS :  Council Appointed SALARY :  D.O.Q OPENING DATE:  March 14, 2016 CLOSING DATE:  March 25, 2016

NHTSA Webcast: Distracted Driving

2016-10-24T14:42:43-08:00March 4th, 2016|

Thursday, May 26, 2016 10 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. MT / 12 p.m. CT / 1 p.m. ET (60 mins.) | Webcast | View Recording Distracted driving is an issue which is increasing in severity. With the availability of more sophisticated cell-phone and automobile technology, it is

Elders and Capacity: What Judges Need to Know

2016-10-24T14:42:43-08:00March 3rd, 2016|

Thursday, March 17, 2016 10 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. MT / 12 p.m. CT / 1 p.m. ET (75 mins.) | Web Cost FREE | View Recording According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s projections, the older adult population will double between 2010 and 2030.

Drugs in America Today: What Every Judge Needs to Know

2017-03-20T12:58:15-08:00March 1st, 2016|

October 10-12, 2016 | Location Las Vegas, NV | Tuition $985 | Conference Fee $305 What’s this? With opiate addiction at epidemic levels in both urban and rural America, the NJC has crafted a new course that focuses on the neurology of addiction with

Judging Capacity in the Elder Population

2016-10-24T14:42:44-08:00February 18th, 2016|

Brenda K. Uekert, Ph.D. The older adult population will double between 2010 and 2030, according to U.S. Census Bureau’s projection. As the population of America ages, courts will necessarily see an increase in the types of cases that they process that involve older populations — guardianships, conservatorships, elder abuse protection petitions,

How to Prevent Zombie Foreclosures and Improve Neighborhoods

2016-10-24T14:42:45-08:00February 18th, 2016|

Gregg Hagopian In judicial-foreclosure states, better judicial supervision of mortgage-foreclosure cases can prevent zombie foreclosures, lessen blight, and improve neighborhoods. A zombie foreclosure occurs when a mortgage-foreclosure case in litigation becomes stalled without good reason. The defendant/owner/mortgagor hasn’t filed for bankruptcy, isn’t seeking loan modification, and hasn’t been deployed for the