June 26 – 29, 2017 | Location New Orleans, LA | Tuition $1,395 | Conference Fee $499 What’s this?

This is a highly interactive course in which judges from different jurisdictions and backgrounds can openly and vigorously examine the rules of evidence that apply in their jurisdictions. Topics include: ethical issues, relevancy, lay and expert witnesses, impeachment, privileges, best evidence and demonstrative evidence, authentication, hearsay and its exceptions, electronic evidence, and judicial notice.


Why should I take this course?

Judges should have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the evidentiary issues that arise in cases, and should be prepared for the pitfalls that often cause cases to be reversed or delayed. Being prepared for an efficient handling of the cases can help not only you with your individual docket but will also help the entire judicial system with speedy and efficient resolution of cases. As part of the course, you will review the Federal Rules of Evidence and contrast them with the rules of evidence in your states.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Recognize troublesome issues which often arise in cases.
  • Select appropriate judicial strategies for resolving issues in cases.
  • Develop pretrial strategies which will help move cases to speedy and successful conclusions.
  • Make proper rulings in criminal cases involving the 4th Amendment and other evidentiary issues.
  • Avoid mistrials and reversals.

Who should attend?

This course is appropriate for all judges who preside over trials.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Judges and law professors who have a wide and diversified background and expertise in handling trials and evidentiary issues are members of the faculty.

How is this course taught?

The faculty use a number of adult education techniques including lecture, discussion, question and answer, and hypothetical situations, and will participate in a workshop where you make rulings and discuss the rationale for the rulings.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

This course will enhance and increase your ability to handle evidentiary issues in a more efficient and speedy manner and to avoid costly and time consuming mistrials and reversals.

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

Windsor Court Hotel

The hotel for this course will be the Windsor Court Hotel. The city’s renowned restaurants and music clubs are enhance the experience. The world-famous attractions of the French Quarter lay just steps away from the hotel, while the historic St. Charles streetcar line runs past the elegant homes of the Garden District.

The group room rate is $215 per night (plus applicable fees and taxes; currently 15.75%) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until June 5, 2017, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by calling (800) 262-2662 and referencing “The National Judicial College.”