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Technology in the Courts

Utah Courts Website

The use of technology has become progressively more important to the efficient operations of courts nationwide. In Utah, the administrative office of the courts began seeking ways for the use of technology to increase court efficiency as far back as the early 1990s.

My Experience with the Mentor Program

Dr. Anthony Simones, second from left, with Lee Ann Barnhardt, third from left. Photo by Margaret Allen.

Even though I had known success in other arenas, I was new to the field of judicial education, so it seemed I could benefit from regular conversations and consultations with someone experienced in a similar job. I agreed to be assigned a mentor, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

How Judicial Educators Can Create “Presence” Within the Judicial Branch

On February 11, 2015, former NASJE President Karen Thorson presented a webcast about how state judicial educators can create a sense of presence within the judicial branch and ensure that the educator’s voice is heard when speaking to authority. Her presentation focused on three main questions: 1) What is presence?, 2) Why is it valuable, and 3) How do you earn it?

Conducting Effective Training through Careful Evaluation

A Guide to Conducting Effective Training Evaluations: Recommendations, Strategies and Tools for Dependency Court Improvement Programs

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), as part of the National Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues, a service of the Children’s Bureau, developed A Guide to Conducting Effective Training Evaluations: Recommendations, Strategies and Tools for Dependency Court Improvement Programs. The Guide assists in identifying training needs, developing training methodologies and evaluation tools, and assessing training outcomes.

Fruitvale Station: A Review and Discussion

Fruitvale Station

by Nancy Smith, Field Trainer, Pima County Superior Court, Tucson The film Fruitvale Station is a film any judicial educator could use as a basis for a serious discussion of racism in America. The film illustrates the chasms that separate…

You Say Potato: A Curriculum Corner Crossword

Crossword Puzzle

For any occupation, a shared language helps define and guide its work. Establishing terms of art provides clarity and precision to members’ conversations and allows for more constructive discussion of the challenges that judicial branch educators face. This crossword puzzle is designed…

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Educators Play Key Role In Court Planning

BlastFromThePast

With state budgets shrinking, many judicial educators are looking for additional sources of funding to supplement their programs. This Spring 1999 article, Fund-Raising Questions for Judicial Educators by Krista Johns, gives some practice advice on what to know before making an ask or applying for a grant.

Building a Bridge to Good Customer Service

Managers Briefcase

Court employees must provide good customer service, especially in light of the link between funding and how citizens feel about their courts. Good customer service translates into better overall feelings about the courts, and better overall feelings can translate into adequate funding.

Blast from the Past: Conference Security Still an Issue

BlastFromThePast

With state budgets shrinking, many judicial educators are looking for additional sources of funding to supplement their programs. This Spring 1999 article, Fund-Raising Questions for Judicial Educators by Krista Johns, gives some practice advice on what to know before making an ask or applying for a grant.

Blast from the Past: Self-Directed Learning

BlastFromThePast

With state budgets shrinking, many judicial educators are looking for additional sources of funding to supplement their programs. This Spring 1999 article, Fund-Raising Questions for Judicial Educators by Krista Johns, gives some practice advice on what to know before making an ask or applying for a grant.

Team Life Cycles

Forming, storming, norming, and performing, comprise an influential framework for understanding the life cycle of teams. Judicial branch educators can use this framework to better understand their own teams, as well as to educate judges and court managers about the essential practice of building teams.

Civics Education for Court Staff

According to The Nation’s Report Card, the official site for results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, high school seniors are falling behind in their understanding of government and civics, scoring less than 50% on national tests. And unless you pursue a career in law, government, or politics, it doesn’t get any better after high school.