American Judges Association



Date of this Version



Court Review, Volume 49, Issue 4 (2013)


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The American Judges Association is launching a web-based, comprehensive training program for judges regarding the handling of domestic-violence cases. The program includes presentations by leading experts in the area, with separate modules on:

• The dynamics of domestic violence,

• Civil-protection orders,

• Child-custody cases,

• Evidentiary issues, and

• Sentencing.

Each module has clearly identified learning objectives, video scenarios and presentations, interactive exercises to check comprehension of key points, and resources to explore for further information. There are courtroom-based scenarios, dynamic panel discussions, and additional interactive content. The program should be of interest both to new and experienced judges; the program truly features outstanding experts that judges otherwise might not have the time, opportunity, or funding to be able to hear.