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Web Self-Study

The NJC offers free online self-paced programs for judges of all types.

All of our web self-study courses are available via NJC On-Demand.

When Science Comes to Court: Self-Study Course on Forensic Evidence

May 16th, 2017|

The decision about whether forensic evidence is admitted rests squarely on the shoulders of the judge presiding over the case. Judges must be intimately familiar with the rules of evidence and whether evidence is admitted or received for a limited purpose (including how to instruct if a jury trial). This self-study course uses an all-too-real, yet hypothetical, criminal case to give judges greater confidence ruling on issues of admitting experts and evidence.

Probate Matters: A Self-Study Online Course

May 23rd, 2017|

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s projections, the older adult population will double between 2010 and 2030. As the population of America ages, probate courts will necessarily see an increase in the types of cases that they process – guardianships, conservatorships, elder abuse protection petitions, and matters pertaining to estates.

DWI Court Enhancement: A Self-Study Web Course

May 23rd, 2017|

This online self-study web course takes the new or seasoned DWI Court professional through basic DWI Court information. You will become acquainted with the Guiding Principles for DWI Courts, DWI Court target population, case management techniques such as clinical assessment, treatment, community supervision and many more elements directly related to their day-to-day court activities.

An Ethical Approach to the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986

May 23rd, 2017|

This program is the result of a collaboration between the National Judicial College and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The goal of this self-study course is to assist judges with increasing their knowledge surrounding the goals of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 (CMVSA), basic terms and provisions unique to CDL laws, who is required to be licensed, and the various classes of commercial motor vehicles.

An Overview of Afrocentric Facial Feature and Skin Tone Bias in Criminal Law – A Lightning Course

September 25th, 2018|

After completing this self-study course, you will be able to: Identify and analyze studies which address Afrocentric facial features, race, and/or colorism in regards to the length and type of sentencing; Describe examples of how the presumption of innocence is impacted by defendants with more prominent Afrocentric features; and Ascertain ways that you, as a judge, can attempt to decrease the impact of skin tone and Afrocentric facial feature bias in the courtroom. Please note, as this course is designed to take the average learner 20-30 minutes to complete, no CLE credit is available. Learn Now

Evidence-Based Practices: A Judge’s Guide to Pretrial Detention for Non-Violent Offenders – A Lightning Course

September 25th, 2018|

This short course is the result of a collaboration between the State Justice Institute (SJI), and the National Judicial College (NJC). The State Justice Institute (SJI) was established by federal law in 1984 to award grants to improve the quality of justice in state courts, and foster innovative, efficient solutions to common issues faced by all courts. The entire course takes the average learner about 20 minutes to complete.

Judicial Ethics and Social Media: A Lightning Course

September 25th, 2018|

After completing this self-study course, which takes the average learner between 20 and 30 minutes, you will be able to: Give an example of a judicial advisory or ethics opinion that offers guidance on social media for judges; Recognize social media posts that may be ethically problematic for judges; and Modify your own Facebook privacy settings to ensure your posts and photos are protected. Please note, as this course is designed to take the average learner 20-30 minutes to complete, no CLE credit is available. Learn Now

Effectively Communicating with Families that Have Missing or Abducted Children

October 24th, 2018|

Cases involving missing or abducted children can be some of the most difficult a judge faces. The families of those children are usually especially sensitive and apprehensive about being in court, and can be a source of great trauma and distress. This course can help judges do everything they can to make the process as smooth as possible for the families that have been victims of these crimes.

Probate Matters: Advanced

November 1st, 2018|

Probate Matters: Advanced is a four-module course exploring complex issues that might arise in Probate Court, including trust litigation, end-of-life issues, capacity, and more. This course should take the average learner between four and seven hours to complete.

The Examination of a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Violation from Roadside to Docket

January 2nd, 2019|

Although large truck and bus involved traffic fatalities comprise almost ten percent of all traffic fatalities, relatively little commercial motor vehicle (CMV) or CDL training is offered for prosecutors, law enforcement and court staff.  There is a similar dearth of training related to the function of court clerks and the reporting of driver license related convictions to the state driver licensing agency (SDLA).    This gap in training results in prosecutors who may be unaware of the strict reporting guidelines imposed on the SDLA by federal funding agencies.    The problem is further complicated when non-traffic related criminal

Strengthening the Foundation of a Tribal Court: A Self-Study Course for Court Clerks

February 12th, 2019|

Tribal court clerks are the backbone of tribal courts and are essential to the success within the judicial branch of government. This self-study course will address a clear relationship between the history and purpose of tribal courts and the role of the court clerk, discuss the role and tools of the court clerk, and apply these tools in a step-by-step case walkthrough of a civil case for those clerks who want to increase their confidence when processing a case.