Advanced Trial Skills for Judges: Managing the Jury Trial

Advanced Trial Skills for Judges: Managing the Jury Trial

Monday, Mar 9, 2020
toThursday, Mar 12, 2020

Event Location

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

The National Judicial College wishes to thank the American Association for Justice Robert L. Habush Endowment for their financial support of this symposium.  Generous funding from the endowment will be covering costs for this program. Please call for eligibility.

Jury trials are critical to a democratic society. In this course, experienced judges will engage you in the nuts-and-bolts of managing a jury trial, including the ways that implicit bias can affect juror deliberations and decisions. You will also have the opportunity to engage in a symposium-style dialogue among judges, trial lawyers, and social scientists who will present evidence-based research on jurors and jury trials and explore how to effectively assess and mitigate juror bias.

Why should I take this course?

This program is designed for full-time, sitting judges who preside over jury trials. The first three days will be taught in the traditional NJC classroom style and will provide you with the tools to take a proactive role in handling jury trials, including jury orientation and management, voir dire, witness questioning, jury instructions, taking of the jury verdict, and more. Additionally, faculty will explore the ways that implicit bias can affect juror decision-making.

On the fourth and final day of the course, you will participate in Judging the Book by More Than Its Cover: A Symposium on Juries, Implicit Bias, and the Justice System’s Response. Juries exist to weigh evidence and render just decisions. But jurors are only human, and research confirms that all people possess biases that they don’t even know they have. What can and should our legal system do to protect jury verdicts from the influence of unconscious or implicit bias? Participants in this day-long symposium will learn from judges, trial lawyers, and social scientists who are experts on how to spot and mitigate juror biases.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Resolve unexpected issues that may arise during jury trials; and.
  • Consider the ways in which implicit bias may affect jurors, jury outcomes, and the justice system as a whole.

Who should attend?

Priority will be given to full-time, sitting judges who preside over jury trials currently. All levels of experience welcome.

How is this course taught?

The course is a mix of classroom presentation, interactive dialogue, workshops, and small-group discussions. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of their particular trial problems for discussion with the faculty and with colleagues from other states.

Does this course qualify for credits in the Judicial Studies degree program?

This course qualifies for the Certificate in Judicial Development, Dispute Resolution Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, and Special Court Trial Skills.

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

This course provides judges with a rare opportunity to share jury trial management techniques with faculty and colleagues from around the country. Ideas generated at this course will help them to adjudicate cases more efficiently and fairly.

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

Event Fees

Call for eligibility
$ 299.00