Continuing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases Program

June 21, 2012 to June 23, 2012
Chicago, IL
Hilton Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile

The National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence (NJIDV), a partnership of Futures Without Violence (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund), the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women presents the Continuing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases Program (CJS) which is specifically designed for judges who have successfully completed the Enhancing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases Workshop or an equivalent program. The CJS Program addresses judges’ specific assignments at a more intensive level and introduces new  topics of special interest. The CJS Program offers choices among four 1-day special topic courses and four 1.5-day court assignment courses. The Program begins Thursday at 8:30 a.m. and concludes on Saturday at noon. 

For more information, please contact Brianne Smith at (775) 784-1559 or


Participation in each workshop is limited to 50 judges. All state court judges nationwide are eligible to attend the workshops, but priority will be given to judges from jurisdictions currently receiving one of the following OVW Grants: Court Training & Improvements Grant Program; Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders; STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grants Program; Rural Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Child Abuse Enforcement Assistance Program; and Domestic Violence Transitional Housing Assistance Program. Priority is also given to OVW funded jurisdictions that send more than one judge. 

The program is offered free of charge. A $75 activity fee covers the cost of a reception, which cannot be financed with OVW grant funds. Local OVW funded and some courts might cover their judges’ travel and per diem costs. All participants are responsible for their own travel and per diem costs.


To apply for participation in a workshop, please visit Applications will be reviewed on a first-come first-serve basis subject to the eligibility guidelines outlined above. Please note your second choice for the court assignment course and special topic course in the event your first choice has filled. Partial coverage of travel expenses may be available to a limited number of participants with special funding needs. Please note that your application is not confirmed until you receive an acceptance letter via email.


Family–Participants will be better able to:

• Evaluate whether domestic violence cases are appropriate for ADR processes in family courts, and, if so, develop safeguards to use in those cases.

• Promote safety and accountability in all family court-related interventions, such as custody evaluations and assignment of parenting coordinators, GALs, parenting education, supervised visitation, and arbitration.

• Craft effective parenting orders to match unique family circumstances and needs.

• Determine the appropriate role of the family court to monitor and review custody/parenting decisions.

Civil (Protection Order)–Participants will be better able to:

• Use risk and danger assessment tools when rendering decisions in domestic violence cases.

• Apply an understanding of domestic violence when issuing economic relief on behalf of victims and their children.

• Manage cases involving pro se litigants and recognize the ability to promote a pro se litigant’s access to justice within the ethical constraints of a judge.

• Identify the wide range of enforcement mechanisms available to ensure compliance with protection orders, including civil and criminal contempt proceedings.

Criminal–Participants will be better able to:

• Set bail, establish conditions of release, and structure sentences that reduce risk, promote victim safety and autonomy, and minimize economic deprivation, while accounting for collateral consequences.

• Conduct ongoing, relevant case evaluation, including dangerousness assessment, throughout a criminal case.

• Rule correctly on pretrial motions to exclude evidence after Crawford and its progeny.

• Manage the legal implications of victim recantation.

• Develop and implement appropriate procedures to obtain information necessary for valid judicial decision-making.

• Implement effective procedures for handling firearms issues at all stages of a case.

• Create effective on-going structures for maximizing compliance with postdisposition controls.


Immigration & Trafficking–Participants will be better able to:

• Identify “red flags” that suggest the presence of immigration and trafficking.

• Assess the immigration implications of civil protection orders and criminal convictions.

• Enhance access to justice for immigrant victims of domestic violence and trafficking.

• Craft civil dispositions that enhance victim safety and autonomy while considering collateral consequences.

• Document facts in state court proceedings to preserve the victim’s immigration remedies.

Effective Batterer Accountability–Participants will be better able to:

• Establish BIP standards in your court.

• In light of the current research, examine the appropriateness and effectiveness of different BIP models and other forms of intervention and oversight.

• Develop effective system coordination and program oversight mechanisms in collaboration with the community.

• Create a courtroom culture that helps victims to feel safe and affirms the judge as the established authority.

• Tailor your interventions and court orders to increase safety and reduce recidivism.

Supervised Visitation & Exchange–Participants will be better able to:

• Identify risks to adult/child victims of domestic violence in the context of custodial access.

• Determine whether, when, and how supervised visitation or exchange should be ordered, modified, terminated, and/or reviewed.

• Interact effectively and ethically with supervised visitation and exchange programs and other service providers in managing individual access cases.

• Provide leadership in their communities to create and/or enhance supervised visitation and exchange services.


Hilton Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile

198 East Delaware Place

Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: (312) 664-1100

Fax: (312) 664-9881

Single and double accommodations are available at a rate of $171 (prevailing per diem) and are subject to state and local taxes.  Rooms are available at the contract rate until May 16, 2012.