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October 5, 2015
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) announced today that it has received 23 awards totaling more than $11.3 million in funding. The NCJFCJ is devoted to ensuring justice and improving outcomes for families and children in courts nationwide. One of the largest and oldest judicial membership organizations in the nation, the NCJFCJ provides judges with ongoing education...
October 1, 2015
Throughout October, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and communities across the country will observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Activities in honor of victims and survivors of domestic violence will be as varied as the communities and individuals who organize them.   The NCJFCJ would like to observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month by challenging the...
October 1, 2015
October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. The NCJFCJ recognizes the continuing challenges of alcohol and drug use and/or abuse in the U.S. for adolescent youth and commends the efforts of those involved in substance abuse prevention and treatment programs. The NCJFCJ pursues the goals of reducing substance abuse, especially among youth, through training and technical assistance...
August 31, 2015
Last week, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, in conjunction with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Casey Family Programs, hosted the first-ever tribal court-focused Child Abuse and Neglect Leadership Institute (CANLI). Eighteen tribal judges from around the country gathered at the Silver Legacy, from August 25 to 27, to discuss the challenges faced by tribal courts and...
August 10, 2015
Resolution states shackling is contrary to the goals of juvenile justice The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has released its resolution on shackling of children in juvenile court. The NCJFCJ defines shackles to include handcuffs, waist chains, ankle restraints, zip ties or other restraints that are designed to impede movement or control behavior. “Across the...
August 6, 2015
The Judges’ Page, a newsletter published by the National CASA Association and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, has just released the summer 2015 issue. The entire issue is devoted to the theme Tribal Issues in Dependency Court.   The newsletter is available here.   From Former National CASA Association Board of Trustees Member and Past NCJFCJ President Judge J. Dean...
August 5, 2015
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy - as part of OJJDP’s Center for Coordinated Assistance to States (CCAS) - has issued a Request for Applications (RFA) from jurisdictions seeking to engage in system improvement efforts through the Multi-System Collaboration Training and Technical Assistance Program (MSC-TTA). The program is...
August 4, 2015
The Honorable Darlene Byrne of Travis County 126th Judicial District Court is the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ (NCJFCJ) 2015-2016 president of the board of directors. Judge Byrne has served as Judge of the 126th Judicial District Court in Travis County (Austin), Texas since 2001. Prior to serving on the bench, she practiced law for thirteen years in the areas of...
July 31, 2015
Date: September 2-4, 2015   Tribal court judges, criminal defenders and prosecutors are invited to attend a free trial advocacy skills training at the Tulalip Tribes. The training will cover basic trial advocacy skills from the point of view of the parties and the bench, as well as information about prosecuting non-Indian defendants under the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization. The...
July 10, 2015
The Center for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) and the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) are increasing state court capacity to address the increasing number of immigrant children likely to appear in state courts. With the State Justice Institute's (SJI) support, CPPS and the NCSC recently released a Guide to State Court Cases Involving Unaccompanied Immigrant Children.     The purpose of the...

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