July 27–30, 2015 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $995 | Conference Fee $245 What’s this?

Judges are often asked to rule instantaneously on the admissibility of evidence from the bench. To do so correctly, you need to have a firm grasp on all of the rules of evidence as they apply to criminal cases. Criminal Evidence will provide you with the tools to make evidentiary rulings quickly and confidently in criminal cases. The course uses the Federal Rules of Evidence as the standard adopted by a majority of the states, incorporating common-law rules when applicable.

PREREQUISITE: Law degree or completion of Fundamentals of Evidence (formerly Basic Evidence) or an equivalent, or the two-week Special Court Jurisdiction course.
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Why should I take this course?

This course is a must for judges who want to improve their evidentiary rulings. This course gives you the opportunity to analyze rules of evidence criminal evidence in a setting where you can debate the rules with judges from around the country. The expert faculty will lead you through the Federal Rules of Evidence and also compare and contrast the rules adopted by various states.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Recognize, analyze, and rule correctly on issues involving whether to allow or disallow evidence based upon relevancy.
  • Apply the principles of authentication and identification to various categories of evidence, including digital records and social media.
  • Apply rules regarding character evidence.
  • Recognize and analyze whether evidence qualifies as hearsay; rule more effectively and expeditiously on complex hearsay issues.
  • Determine proper admission of opinion testimony of experts and lay witnesses.
  • Critically examine psychiatric opinion evidence.
  • Apply rules governing admission of impeachment and rehabilitation evidence in criminal cases.
  • Apply the rules relating to business records.
  • Apply the holding of Crawford v. Washington, 541 U.S. 36 (2004).
  • Select from and use various tools to assist in managing evidence in a criminal case.
  • Recognize ethical issues that arise in considering evidentiary matters.

Who should attend?

This course has been specially developed for general jurisdiction judges or special court judges who hear criminal cases. Appellate judges are encouraged to enroll not only for an update on evidence, but to hear the practicalities of applying evidentiary rules that apply in criminal cases from a trial court judge’s perspective.

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, 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?

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 opportunity to examine the various rules of evidence in depth and to contrast their state rules of evidence with those of their colleagues from around the country. Participants will be given in-class problems to discuss and analyze with 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 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 Dispute Resolution Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.