About NCJFCJ

Justice for all
Justice is a work in progress. It reflects our society’s ever-evolving belief system and our attempt to define what is right, what is wrong, and how to deal with the consequences of those choices. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) works to ensure justice for every family and every child in every court throughout this country.

The vital and important work of the NCJFCJ began in 1937 when a group of judges came together looking to improve the effectiveness of the nation's juvenile courts. They sought to address the following issues:

  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Adoption and foster care
  • Juvenile justice
  • Family violence
  • Victims of juvenile offenders
  • Military issues
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Termination of parental rights
  • Custody and visitation
  • Minority issues

Since 1969, the NCJFCJ has been headquartered on the University of Nevada campus in Reno.

The work of NCJFCJ
One of the largest and oldest judicial membership organizations in the nation, the NCJFCJ serves an estimated 30,000 professionals in the juvenile and family justice system including judges, referees, commissioners, court masters and administrators, social and mental health workers, police, and probation officers.

For those involved with juvenile, family, and domestic violence cases, the NCJFCJ provides the resources, knowledge, and training to improve the lives of families and children seeking justice. The NCJFCJ resources include:

  • Cutting-edge training
  • Wide-ranging technical assistance
  • Research to assist family courts
  • Unique advanced degree programs for judges and other court professionals offered in conjunction with the University of Nevada, Reno and the National Judicial College

Current major NCJFCJ initiatives:

  • Child Victims Act Model Courts Project – a network of 36 Model Courts that serve as models and mentors to jurisdictions nationwide
  • Juvenile Justice Model Courts – a network of 12 courts that seek to improve practice in delinquency cases through implementation of the Juvenile Delinquency Guidelines
  • Juvenile Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance Project – working in collaboration with Office of Justice Programs to help juvenile drug courts implement or enhance their juvenile drug courts
  • National Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues – a partnership between NCJFCJ, the American Bar Association and the National Center for State Courts that delivers critical training and technical assistance to jurisdictions around the country, including NCJFCJ’s foundational judicial leadership curriculum and training evaluation guide and toolboxes
  • Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody (RCDV: CPC) – provides technical assistance, training, specialized resources, and policy development to a multi-disciplinary audience on child protection and child custody issues in the context of domestic violence; funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and one of 12 partners in the Domestic Violence Resource Network
  • National Center for Juvenile Justice – NCJFCJ's research division, based in Pittsburgh, Pa., is the country's only non-profit research organization dedicated to the juvenile justice system
  • National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence (NJIDV) – a partnership between the NCJFCJ, Futures Without Violence, and the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, provides highly interactive, skills-based domestic violence workshops for judges and judicial officers nationwide. The NJIDV has developed a continuum of judicial education that currently includes the Enhancing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases (EJS) Workshop, Continuing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases (CJS) Program, Enhancing Judicial Skills in Elder Abuse Cases Workshop, Faculty Development, and Technical Assistance for state and regional adaptation and replication of NJIDV programs.

During the past eight decades, the NCJFCJ has grown and evolved to meet the changing needs of our society. However, the organization’s mission has remained unchanged: to continuously improve the family court system and court practices and to raise awareness of the core issues that touch the lives of our nation's children and families. 

A non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, the NCJFCJ relies on funding from federal and state grants, private foundations, and generous members and donors. 

The NCJFCJ is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a trademark of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.