News Archive

April 27, 2015
(Reno, Nev.) – Last Wednesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation to help victims of human trafficking. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) is in full support of this historic 99-0 vote to approve the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which expands law enforcement tools to target sex traffickers and creates a new fund to help victims. Human...
April 21, 2015
Written by Amanda Kay, JD, and Ryan L. Gonda, JD[1] 1. Introduction Children and adult victims of violence and abuse are routinely called upon by the judicial system to be witnesses and relay their story to police, attorneys, advocates, and judges. This article examines the prevalence and potential motivations for why victims “lie” or recant their testimonies and provides recommended improvements...
April 20, 2015
Last month, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) hosted the Tribal Model Courts All-Sites Meeting, March 23 to 24, at the Tulalip Tribal Court in Tulalip, Wash. The meeting brought together representatives from the three Tribal Model Courts and the Tulalip Tribal Court to share innovative and exciting practices that these courts are currently implementing.          ...
April 19, 2015
Written by Carlene Gonzalez, Ph.D., Site Manager for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges   On March 5, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) hosted nearly 100 judicial officers and military personnel, including NMFA’s Executive Director, Joyce Wessel-Raezer, at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center in Columbus, Ga.   The goal of the...
April 10, 2015
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) will be holding a series of tribal consultations and public meetings to discuss a rule that seeks to strengthen the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).   Congress passed ICWA in 1978 to keep Indian children from being removed from their Tribal communities. But implementation has been uneven so the new rule seeks to ensure more consistent compliance by state courts...
April 8, 2015
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) recognize April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This national remembrance event is a time for all parents, children, judges, legal professionals, and court-system stakeholders to pause and consider on the negative impacts of child abuse for our communities and our nation. In 1983, President Ronald Regan proclaimed April...
April 6, 2015
During the NCJFCJ Annual Conference each July, the Nominating Committee is charged with recommending the slate of judicial candidates to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors. The candidates are chosen from active judicial members who submit applications to serve as Directors. The election of judicial Directors takes place at the General Business Meeting of the Membership during the...
April 3, 2015
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges has released Preparing for a Trauma Consultation in Your Juvenile and Family Court. This guide, available online, outlines what courts need to know about a trauma consultation (also known as a "trauma audit"), and how such a consultation can help courts become more trauma-informed across environment, practice, and policy. Based on work with...
April 1, 2015
The inaugural Implementation Sites All-Sites Conference was held earlier last month on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. The Conference brought together eight diverse and dynamic court collaborative teams from across the country for intensive training on the Enhanced Resource Guidelines, judicial leadership, and promising practice models for dependency courts pioneered by the NCJFCJ Mentor...
March 27, 2015
    Evidence-Based Practice 101:  Understanding and Using Evidence to Inform the Domestic Violence Field   Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015  Time: 10-11:15 a.m. PST / 1-2:15 p.m. EST Cost: Free     Please join the Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody (RCDV:CPC), a project of the NCJFCJ, for a free webinar presented by Alicia Summers, Ph.D., NCJFCJ Program Director...

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