During this course, you will learn to:
- Ensure that baseline relevancy issues are met to ensure the probative value outweighs unfair prejudice;
- Outline an analytical scheme for ruling on hearsay objections and the exceptions;
- Effectively handle Confrontation and Crawford issues;
- Analyze when character evidence and prior bad acts are admissible;
- Confidently rule on issues relating to lay and expert opinion testimony;
- Rule on impeachment objections after analyzing the bias, capacity, and prior inconsistent statement rules; and
- Address the nuances of electronic/digital evidence.
PREREQUISITE: A law degree or completion of one of the following courses is required to attend: Fundamentals of Evidence (or its equivalent), Special Court Jurisdiction, or Special Court Jurisdiction: Advanced.
Why should I take this course?
Consistently rated as one of the top courses at NJC, Advanced Evidence is a must for judges who want to improve their evidentiary rulings. This course gives you the opportunity to analyze rules of criminal and civil evidence in a setting where you can debate the rules with other judges from around the country. The expert faculty will not only lead you through the quagmire of the Federal Rules of Evidence, but will also compare and contrast the common law rules of evidence. The course is “advanced” in the sense that you have the opportunity to examine the various rules of evidence in depth. It is helpful if you can bring your state’s evidence rules with you, so you can compare and contrast those rules with the federal rules.
Who should attend?
This course has been specially developed for general jurisdiction judges or special court judges who hear criminal and/or civil cases. If you are a legally trained administrative law judge, you certainly are welcome; however, some of your practical concerns may not be specifically addressed. Appellate judges are encouraged to enroll not only for an update on evidence, but to hear the practicalities of applying evidentiary rules from a trial court judge’s perspective.
Who are the members of the faculty?
Faculty members are judges recognized as experts in the field of evidence, as well as law professors who understand the real-life
concerns that judges face.
How is this course taught?
The faculty uses a number of adult education techniques including lecture, audio-visual aids, question and answer, debate, and class problems. Participants will also be directly involved in solving hypotheticals in your small group discussions.
What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?
Judges must have a good understanding of the rules of evidence to make appropriate decisions in their courtrooms. This course gives the participant judge the rare opportunity to contrast their state rules of evidence with those of their colleagues from around the country. Each participant will also be given in-class problems that they must present to their colleagues. Ultimately, the judge participant will come away with a greater grasp of the rules of evidence and the reasons underlying those rules.
Whom should I contact for more information?
For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
An electronic version of the binder will be shared a week before the class. Hard copies will not be provided. Participants are most welcome to print their binders.
Business casual: most participants wear jeans, comfortable pants, sneaks, or tense shows.
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 Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills, and the Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.