April 24 – June 9, 2017 | Web | Tuition $629

This course is designed to provide you with a practical framework for ruling on evidence. You will be introduced to the principles of the Federal Rules of Evidence with a focus on using the rules to decide evidentiary issues. This course will benefit judges without law degrees who are looking for a better understanding of evidence as well as judges with law degrees who are looking for a refresher.


Why should I take this course?

The NJC designed this course for judges who need an introduction or a refresher in the Federal Rules of Evidence and their practical application in court. During the course, the faculty will cover the Federal Rules of Evidence, focusing on those areas which most often impact trial judges, while also addressing the practical challenges of ruling on evidence day-to-day in individual jurisdictions.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will be able to make prompt and correct rulings in the following areas:

  • Relevancy.
  • Competency and privileges.
  • Burdens of proof.
  • Judicial notice and presumptions.
  • Impeachment and rehabilitation.
  • Constitutional limitations on the admissibility of evidence.
  • Hearsay and hearsay exceptions.
  • Documentary and demonstrative evidence.
  • Child witnesses.
  • Expert and lay witness testimony.

Who should attend?

Justices of the peace, non-law trained judges, limited jurisdiction judges, general jurisdiction judges, administrative law judges, military judges and tribal court judges are all welcome in this course. Limited jurisdiction judges without law degrees are encouraged to take Special Court Jurisdiction and administrative law judges without law degrees are encouraged to take Administrative Law: Fair Hearing prior to taking Fundamentals of Evidence.

Who are the members of the faculty?

The faculty team is composed of judges with extensive teaching experience in the area of evidence. Additionally, the faculty for this course may include a law school professor with experience teaching evidence courses.

How is this course taught?

Class sessions will include instruction, small group discussion sessions and video scenarios, which define problems and elicit evidentiary rulings and decisions from the participants.

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

Ruling on evidence is one of the primary responsibilities of every judge, and admissibility decisions are nuanced and subject to evolving with case law. New science and technology have added to the complexity of evidentiary issues. This course will help judges understand, analyze, and rule quickly on critical evidence matters.

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 The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, Special Court Trial Skills, and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.