June 5 – 8, 2017 | Location Seattle, WA | Tuition $1,349 | Conference Fee $399 What’s this?

Recharge your judicial batteries with a one-week refresher on taking a proactive role in handling trials and settlement conferences. You will receive useful tools in appropriate and effective courtroom techniques, managing pretrial discovery and motions, and more.


Why should I take this course?

This course will provide you with tools to take a proactive role in handling trials, including self-represented litigants, pretrial motions and pleadings, discovery, pretrial conferences, settlement conferences, jury orientation and management, voir dire, witnesses, other evidentiary matters, general conduct of trials, taking of the jury verdict, entry of judgment, and the disposition of post-trial motions.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Recognize effective case management strategies and apply them to ensure that you can provide credible trial dates to litigants.
  • Manage pretrial issues, including discovery and motions, and preside over pretrial conferences.
  • Apply early settlement techniques and styles to individual cases.
  • Resolve unexpected issues that may arise during jury trials.
  • Manage opening and closing arguments and control the introduction of evidence.
  • Effectively manage self-represented litigants in the courtroom.
  • Discuss and implement viable court security options.

Who should attend?

General jurisdiction judges and special court judges who would like to learn more about managing their courtrooms with greater efficiency and effectiveness.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Faculty are highly experienced trial judges who bring a wealth of personal experience to their teaching.

How is this course taught?

The course is a mix of classroom presentation, interactive dialogue, mock-court workshops, and small-group discussions. You are encouraged to bring examples of particular trial problems for discussion with the faculty and with colleagues from other states.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

This course will provide you with a rare opportunity to share trial management techniques with faculty and colleagues from around the country. Ideas generated at this course will help you to adjudicate cases more efficiently and fairly.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

Hotel Sorrento

The hotel for this course will be the Hotel Sorrento. Steps from Pike Place Market, the Seattle waterfront and numerous Seattle landmarks, restaurants, and shops. Discover a vibrant destination with innovative hospitality and warm Seattle personality that inspires you to work, play, relax, and connect in the Emerald City.

The group room rate is $240 per night (plus applicable sales taxes, currently 15.6%) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until May 14, 2017, unless our room block is filled earlier. Hotel Sorrento is offering a gratis reception for NJC participants on Sunday night with drinks and small bites. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by calling (800) 426-1265 and referencing “The National Judicial College.”

This course qualifies for 2 credits toward the Master of Judicial Studies Degree Program and Judicial Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. In addition, this course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Dispute Resolution Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.