February 23-April 10, 2015 | Web | Tuition $595

You are often called on to make instantaneous decisions on the admissibility of evidence from the bench. Do you have a firm grasp on all of the rules of evidence as they apply to criminal cases? This Web-based course provides you with the tools to make evidentiary rulings quickly and confidently in criminal cases.

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Why should I take this course?

This web course offers a convenient way to explore ways to make evidentiary rulings quickly and confidently in criminal cases without having to leave your docket.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Identify and explain the rules governing the evidentiary foundations.
  • Identify relevant evidence in determining the admissibility of evidence in trial practice.
  • Identify and determine admissibility prior to bad act evidence under the strictures of ER 404(b).
  • Balance the admissibility of relevant evidence with the impact of “undue prejudice” under ER 403.
  • Rule effectively on evidentiary issues involving competency.
  • Deal effectively with child witness testimony.
  • Correctly apply ER 607-609 regarding impeachment and rehabilitation.
  • Properly admit confessions into evidence.
  • Explain the rationale for the rule on expert opinion evidence.
  • Properly identify hearsay and determine the admissibility of evidence which is asserted to be hearsay.
  • Properly apply the rules governing authentication of evidence, including electronic evidence.
  • Summarize Crawford v. Washington and its progeny.
  • Anticipate future issues by analyzing national trends.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for judges who preside over criminal trials and want to quickly and confidently make evidentiary rulings, family court judges who are responsible for ruling on juvenile criminal cases, and judges who would like to hone their skills on evidence admissibility in criminal cases.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Faculty members are judges recognized as experts in the field of evidence.

How is this course taught?

Discussion assignments, writing assignments, reading, video and weekly live calls with faculty ensure this course is highly interactive, demanding, and educational. It is anticipated that you will spend between three and four hours on lessons per week, with a total of six weeks of instruction (week four is a break week). On Friday of each week of the course, the faculty will deliver a live hour-long web conference at 11 am Alaska / 12 pm Pacific / 1 pm Mountain / 2 pm Central / 3 pm Eastern.

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

A solid understanding of the rules of evidence is essential to making appropriate decisions in criminal cases. The judge who participates in this class will be better able to swiftly and confidently rule on evidentiary issues from the bench.

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

Qualifies as an elective in the Certificate in Judicial Development, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills programs.