News Archive

June 14, 2012
The NCJFCJ is observing the 7th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, 2012. The NCJFCJ is actively involved in improving the judicial response to elder abuse cases recognizing that these types of cases can present themselves in family, civil, criminal, probate, and juvenile court. Since 2007, the Family Violence Department of NCJFCJ has been convening the seminal Enhancing Judicial...
June 12, 2012
On Monday evening, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) celebrated its 75th Anniversary with a champagne reception held at the University of Nevada, Reno. Nearly 100 friends of the NCJFCJ, including staff members, colleagues, and supporters were in attendance to raise a glass and toast a rich, 75-year history. Long-time NCJFCJ member and supporter, Judge Deborah...
June 7, 2012
By Alicia Summers, PhD, Steve Wood, MS, Jesse Russell, PhDIn May 2011, the NCJFCJ published its first Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care Technical Assistance Bulletin, which identified the disproportionality rates for all state and select Model Courts across the Country. Since that time, the report has gained national attention. The information provided by the report...
June 5, 2012
By Stephanie Macgill, MPA, Steve Wood, MS, Alicia Summers, PhD, Jesse Russell, PhD The Courts Catalyzing Change: Achieving Equity and Fairness in Foster Care Initiative (CCC) is a multidisciplinary effort to reduce the disproportionate representation of children of color and to reduce the disparate treatment they and their families can experience in the child welfare system. To work toward this...
June 5, 2012
We are pleased to announce a series of webinars designed for advocates and other system players to understand the relationship and practice implications of domestic violence on custody cases. Expert faculty will present information and use real-life examples that give participants practice ideas in the areas of pursuing child support, parental kidnapping, and advocacy post-decree. Each webinar is...
June 1, 2012
  In honor of our 75th Anniversary, we're highlighting some ground-breaking events in the field of juvenile and family justice that have helped shape our organization's mission to provide every family and child with access to fair, equal, effective, and timely justice. In 1990, then-Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware initiated a legislative effort to address the severity of crime against women. In...
May 29, 2012
The NCJFCJ, in partnership with Futures Without Violence (formerly the Family Violence Prevention Fund) and with the support of the Office for Victims of Crimes (OVC), will offer a new three-day, highly interactive workshop that will help state court and tribal court judges enhance their skills and ability to respond to cases involving adolescents and relationship abuse. The Judicial Institute on...
May 29, 2012
By Stephanie Macgill, MPA; Alicia Summers, PhD, Jesse Russell, PhD, Steve Wood, MS Background In partnership with the Washington Administrative Office of the Courts, the NCJFCJ piloted a judicial workload calculation that accounted for dependency practice complexity and hearing quality in three jurisdictions. Brief discussion, low stakeholder engagement, and inconsistent judicial inquiry were...
May 22, 2012
  One of the oldest, largest, and most respected national judicial membership organizations, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), headquartered in Reno, Nev., celebrates 75 years of service today, May 22, 2012. Formed to make a positive contribution to the well-being of children and families seeking justice, the organization was founded in Indianapolis by judges...
May 15, 2012
By Alicia Summers, Ph.D., Steve Wood, MS, Jennifer McClellan, Jesse Russell, Ph.D. Background In partnership with the Washington Administrative Office of the Courts, the NCJFCJ conducted a judicial workload assessment in Washington State. The assessment identified Spokane County as having adequate judicial resources to meet current workload demands and conduct thorough hearings. Spokane utilizes...

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