Enhancing Judicial Bench Skills

Tuition

1699

Conference Fee

439

Register

Days

to

Course Location

San Diego, CA

Course Fees

Tuition

$1699

Conference Fee

$439

San Diego, CA

April 11, 2022 to April 14, 2022

The recent years have presented enormous challenges to the judicial system.

Shutdowns, pandemic safety measures, development and enhancement of remote hearing technology, widespread protests concerning racial discrimination and system bias have all impacted judges across the nation in unprecedented ways. Yet, in many jurisdictions, these challenges have led new and creative solutions that are more likely to continue than to fade. These changes have required judges to develop and/or enhance their bench skills.

How judges handle these challenges as we move into the future will have a direct impact on public faith and confidence in the judicial process as well as judges' self-confidence and wellness. This is a course designed to look at those skills we need when on the bench in the courtrooms and hearing rooms as well as when we are seen through a video camera or heard through a telephone.

Tuition

Course $1699

Conference Fee $439

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Demonstrate effective communication behaviors on the bench.
  • More effectively work with self-represented litigants.
  • Promote civility while effectively making decisions in traditional and non-traditional ways.
  • Handle trial disruptions with confidence while exercising contempt power with restraint.
  • Apply the communication lessons of innovative jury techniques to all types of hearings.
  • Identify techniques to minimize the impact of implicit bias.
  • Recognize the judge’s role in making and protecting the record while managing cases effectively.
  • Discuss viable court security options both in the courtroom and for remote proceedings.
  • Maintain high ethical standards while presiding on the bench or remotely.
  • Employ methods to improve personal wellness and better handle the stress of the job in a time of change.

Why should I take this course?
A practical course for new judges and for judges who want a fresh look at their role on the bench, this course provides an opportunity to learn and practice the skills that you need to oversee your courtroom more effectively.

Who should attend?
General jurisdiction, special court, and tribal judges who hear criminal or civil cases will benefit from this course.

Who are the members of the faculty?
The faculty for this course are highly experienced judges and experts in the fields of communication and decision-making.

How is this course taught?
The faculty uses a combination of lecture, question and answer, debates and class problems. You will be expected to participate in active discussions of current issues and to offer insights and experiences in dealing with such matters. Time is also set aside for small group discussions.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?
All judges can benefit from learning to be more efficient and by thinking “outside of the box.” They will have the opportunity to learn not only from the expert faculty but also from colleagues from around the country. Judges often rely on local legal culture to define how they conduct their courtrooms and trials. Examining the culture is important for ensuring growth and progress.

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

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 General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

Register Now.

Shutdowns, pandemic safety measures, development and enhancement of remote hearing technology, widespread protests concerning racial discrimination and system bias have all impacted judges across the nation in unprecedented ways. Yet, in many jurisdictions, these challenges have led new and creative solutions that are more likely to continue than to fade. These changes have required judges to develop and/or enhance their bench skills.

How judges handle these challenges as we move into the future will have a direct impact on public faith and confidence in the judicial process as well as judges' self-confidence and wellness. This is a course designed to look at those skills we need when on the bench in the courtrooms and hearing rooms as well as when we are seen through a video camera or heard through a telephone.

Register
More Courses
Financial Statements in the Courtroom - December

Financial Statements in the Courtroom - September

View All Course Programs

Download a PDF of our complete 2022 course catalog

Download