Domestic Violence (JS 636)
Monday, Apr 1, 2019
toThursday, Apr 4, 2019
Cases involving domestic violence are complex and challenging and are made even more difficult by the pressures generated by the press, public and advocacy groups from all sides. This practical nuts-and-bolts, hands-on and highly interactive “judge-centered” program will focus on the needs of judges who handle these cases. The content includes the latest research on the different types of domestic violence and how judges can avoid a one-size-fits-all view, which undermines effective judicial intervention.
Why should I take this course?
This course will provide you with both substantive knowledge and techniques that will assist you in dealing with the parties and handling the cases involving domestic violence.
What will I learn?
During this course, you will learn to:
Describe the in- and out-of-court behaviors of perpetrators and victims;
Consider why victims of coercive control may stay in the relationship and “recant,” and why it is important to consider the victim’s experiences and circumstances;
Incorporate lethality and abduction risk factors into decision making;
Assess the credibility of allegations and recanted statements;
Manage the high volume of self-represented litigants while ensuring procedural fairness;
Take a fresh look at plea bargaining and manage plea or sentencing hearings more effectively;
Articulate the impacts of domestic violence on children and make appropriate custody orders based on safety risks;
Rule on evidentiary issues particular to domestic violence.
Who should attend?
This course is designed for any judge, commissioner, judge pro tempore, family master or family referee who hears civil or criminal domestic violence cases.
Who are the members of the faculty?
The judicial faculty members have been on the bench a significant length of time and have all had extensive judicial and teaching experience regarding domestic violence cases.
How is this course taught?
This course is a mix of classroom presentation, interactive dialogue, role plays, small-group discussions and problem solving.
What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?
This course provides participants with practical and substantive information that enables them to be more informed and effective when hearing domestic violence cases which potentially can be volatile and emotionally charged. It will provide participants with the necessary knowledge to make appropriate pretrial orders, protection orders and sentencing orders.
Hotel and contact information
Scottsdale is a desert city in Arizona east of state capital Phoenix. It’s known for its spa resorts and golf courses, including TPC Scottsdale. Farther north, trails wind through McDowell Sonoran Preserve, a desertscape of hills, rock formations and cacti. Nearby is Taliesin West, architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s former home and studio. Downtown’s Old Town Scottsdale has 1920s buildings and 19th-century olive trees.
The group room rate is $209 per night (plus applicable fees and taxes) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until 30 days prior to the course start date, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.
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, Leadership Enrichment & Jurisprudence Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills discipline.