September 27–29, 2016 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $765 | Conference Fee $205 What’s this?

Unlike alcohol-impaired driving, drugged driving has no bright line test for impairment. Drugged driving cases require a judge to utilize a variety of judicial tools to effectively adjudicate these cases. In addition to the ability to determine which kinds of drugs an individual may be using, it is important to know how these drugs affect the individual, and may impair their ability to function. It is also imperative that a judge knows how to effectively craft sentences, which include treatment options, in order to provide a participant with the most beneficial mode of recovery.

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What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Describe the major classes of drugs and how they affect driving.
  • Describe what a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) does in the field of drug recognition, and will demonstrate through a courtroom mock trial how to qualify a DRE as an expert.
  • Illustrate effective and efficient sentencing options, and demonstrate how to prepare a legally sufficient order for continued court supervision.

Who should attend?

Any judges who hear traffic cases, or anticipate they will preside over a traffic docket in the future. Traffic issues affect all cases universally, thus it is always beneficial for a judge to be well-versed in the most pressing topics which are occurring today, and know how to manage the issues in an effective manner.

Who are the members of the faculty?

The faculty is composed of experienced judges, professors, physicians, consultants, attorneys, and law enforcement officers, who have a mastery of teaching the skills needed to effectively manage a traffic court docket, and will provide valuable best practices information regarding traffic case adjudication.

How is this course taught?

Classroom presentations are balanced with problem solving sessions, case studies, small group discussions, a mock-trial, and an off-site drug court visit. The faculty encourages you to interact during class and make themselves available outside of the classroom for informal discussion of issues and problems.

How is this course taught?

Problems with drug abuse can affect a person involved in any type of court case. As such, it is important for a judge to be aware of the emerging trends in drug use, in order most effectively manage their cases. This course will provide the judge who presides over any type of docket with the tools to effectively determine if a person appearing before them is under the influence of drugs, and will provide practical methods of determining the most effective way to effectively manage the drug abuse issue.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or

This course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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