June 8-18, 2015 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $1,595 | Conference Fee $495 What’s this?

Also offered July 11-21, 2016

Are you a judge without formal law school training? This course examines the basics of your judicial role, including small claims, traffic court, and misdemeanors. It will help you gain confidence in knowing that you are properly following legal and procedural requirements in your role as a judge.

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Why should I take this course?

“Special courts” are those courts with a limited jurisdiction – such as traffic court, misdemeanor courts, domestic violence court, or small claims court, to name a few. Special courts are also courts serving a particular population, such as tribal courts. During this course, judges will receive a solid foundation in caseflow management, judicial writing, communications skills, evidence, legal reasoning, and more. The course will help judges gain confidence in knowing that they are properly following legal and procedural requirements in their role as judge.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Make appropriate evidentiary rulings.
  • Conduct criminal hearings and trials in compliance with constitutional and statutory standards.
  • Manage cases involving unrepresented litigants.
  • Create an environment of fairness and impartiality in the courtroom.
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately in court and with the media.
  • Sentence offenders while addressing the needs of the community.
  • Determine the applicability of the Fourth Amendment to automobile searches.
  • Recognize psychological profiles of offenders in court.
  • Make appropriate decisions in small claims.
  • Analyze principles of damages and restitution in civil cases.
  • Apply a legal reasoning and analysis process to the facts of a case.
  • Describe judicial immunity and when it does or does not apply.
  • Recognize and appropriately sanction direct and indirect contempt.
  • Control potential courtroom disruptions.
  • Develop a process of legal reasoning and analysis.
  • Conduct legal research.
  • Communicate more effectively while taking pleas, conducting preliminary hearings or arraignments.
  • Identify and utilize numerous stress reduction techniques.

Who should attend?

Full-time or part-time judges from urban or rural courts of special jurisdiction, including tribal courts, will find this course valuable.

Who are the members of the faculty?

The faculty is composed of experienced judges, professors, physicians, and consultants who have a mastery of teaching the skills needed to effectively manage a special court docket, and will provide valuable best practices information regarding limited jurisdiction adjudication.

How is this course taught?

Classroom presentations are balanced with problem solving sessions, case studies, small group discussions and independent research projects. The faculty encourages you to interact during class and make themselves available outside of the classroom for informal discussion of issues and problems. Some sessions will be taught jointly with Special Court Jurisdiction: Advanced and group facilitators, who are graduates of the course, serve as discussion leaders and mentor in small group.

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 Dispute Resolution Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.